You Know I Have A Thing For Birds

One of the pleasures of not having young children any longer is that I get to do crazy things like have a second Christmas tree in the house. Oh, sure. I know many of you overachievers out there started with two (or more!) Christmas trees from Day One, no matter how many children you had hanging about. But I didn’t even realize people sometimesĀ had more than two Christmas trees in their homes until I was in my forties (Sheltered much?). My second Christmas tree is all about birds. It’s a small tree, and I confess I’m just teasing you today! I haven’t put up what I affectionately call my Birdy Tree yet. Okay, I haven’t put up any tree yet because we’re waiting until my daughter gets home next week. So you’ll just have to wait. Sorry!

Still, birds are on my mind, so I went back into the archives and found some of my fave bird photos. I don’t have a telephoto lens and someday I shall learn to take really proper bird pictures. These are just for fun.


Peacock with Pea Hen

“Talk to the wing, Mister.”

Hawk and Duck

Battle (Japanese, 17th century, I think)


Detail from Still Life with the Four Elements by Jacques Linnard, 1640




San Diego Zoo. Love the colorful guy photobombing at the top.


Verdigris Orb Bird


This guy. (Or gal?)


From an art exhibit at Hollins University a few years ago. Macabre. Couldn’t resist.


8 thoughts on “You Know I Have A Thing For Birds”

  1. Priscilla says:

    Look at the claws on that hawk! Beautiful and scary at the same time.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Predator birds are so marvelous!

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    I also love birds and we always had bird feeders outside, as well as many pets inside ( they are dirty, though); we had albino parakeets, regular parakeets and tow cockatiels.
    Where I now live, it is forbidden to feed the wildlife and there are rabbits, squirrels, birds, bats, opossums, groundhogs, deer, foxes, feral cats, wolves, and raccoons. I feel very sad when the weather gets so bitter cold.
    Your photos are lovely.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      What? Oh, that’s so sad that you can’t feed the wildlife. At least birds should be allowed. And I would totally secretly feed cats. But I guess it wouldn’t be much of a secret if there were always cats hanging about. That really does sound hard to live with. Poor you. šŸ™

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      2. skyecaitlin says:

        We have a heavy influx of Canada Geese in NJ, and they are quite dirty, but everyone respects them, especially when they have babies.

  3. skyecaitlin says:

    We also have hawks, buzzards, geese, ducks and Canada Geese.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Isn’t it funny that Canada geese fly south to hang out here during the winter?!

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