Tag: Birds

A Little Bird Story

A Little Bird Story

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Magpies are a familiar sight hereabouts. Seeing them always reminds me of a funny incident that took place when our youngest daughter was about five years old. She was interested in knowing the names of the various birds and animals she saw. One day, when she spied a magpie, she exclaimed, “Look! A cake bird.” That memory always brings me a smile. The magpie image above is by TheOtherKev from Pixabay, and it’s much better than my blurry, distant, shot to the left.

 

Other birds are prevalent too. Sparrows find the most unusual places to build their nests. I’ve posted about some of their chosen locations before. Here’s a new one to me: the opening to a dryer vent of an apartment building.sparrow2
The resident I was visiting assured me that there is a nest in there.

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Some birds like to survey their world from the highest available spot. This dead tree provided a nice vantage point for this red winged black bird.
Have you ever spotted a crow, swaying atop the uppermost branch of a fir tree? It seems they’d rather struggle to keep their high perch than sit on a lower, more stable branch.

Bird behaviour is interesting to observe. I’m glad many bloggers make them the subject of their posts.

Renovation Invitation

Renovation Invitation

These birdhouses are situated inside the chain link fence of a special care home. I believe the residents originally built them, but they’re in serious need of some TLC. (also some paint and nails) I was impressed by the unique designs, with double gables, stone work, and window scenes. The roof of each shows an extra measure of workmanship too. I hope someone takes on the restoration of these little homes.

In a nearby tree, another house needs some attention. I don’t think a bird looking for a mate could attract one with this shabby choice, in which to raise a family!

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And this bird feeder could use a little attention.
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Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art

How imaginative of these artists to create custom ceramic tiles and use them to decorate these two unique benches. The one above is a neighbourhood street view. The one below features coffee mugs, which is quite befitting, since it is located next to a local coffee house.

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The scene below is featured on the outside of a commercial building. It’s made up of thousands of tiny tiles, and is an amazing piece. The colours and shading are beautifully realistic, and its subject matter is absolutely apropos in this location.

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