Sunday, March 14, 2010

A "Tweet" Collection

Birds are among the most fascinating creatures on earth.

There are so many thousands of varieties, from the tiniest of humming birds to eagles with their sweeping wingspan. For whatever reason, I've always loved birds of all kinds.

Personal collections may have origins in childhood. Many different birds line windowsills in our home. As a little girl, I remember the excitement of finding pale blue eggs in a bird's nest in the back yard of my childhood home. They were so small and perfect. When the babies were born, my sisters and me were thrilled and tried to see them from our bedroom window.

One summer day, I found a small, featherless creature on the ground. A baby bird had fallen from the nest and died. We buried her and gave her a small grave marker. It may have been one of my first experiences with death and my heart ached for the dead baby bird who would never learn to fly!

(This little fellow is made out of a black cow horn! Looks like he's singing to the sun.)

(This is one of my Mexican, hand-painted birds.)

(Here's the hand painted Mexican ceramic bird's girlfriend.)

In spring, isn't it wonderful hear choruses of birds through the open bedroom window? Mourning doves sound rather melancholy but it's still pleasant to hear them.

(These might be blue birds of happiness so I hope they stick around!)



Linda said...

I love birds, from the sweet ceramic collection I have to the wonderful birds in my yard!

Chatty Crone said...

Well I watch the birds from my kitchen window - we have a feeder for them (probably why I got squirrels in the attic to begin with).

Why is it we all love watching birds so much? I guess it is the closest thing to seeing animals/birds up close any more.

I like the woodpeckers color and the male cardinal.


middle child said...

Love the Bald Eagle! Such grace and beauty. Strength.

Susan said...

Hello Linda, Sandie, and middle child! Thanks for coming to visit while I was at church. Love having each of you stop by.

So glad you love birds, too, Linda.

And Sandie, yes, cardinals are such a beautiful color! Scarlet! What color is a woodpecker?

Yes, middle child....eagles ARE magestic!

Hope you girls all have a wonderful day! Sincerely, Susan

T's Daily Treasures said...

Lovely little birdie figurines. We have mostly pigeons around here. :/ Happy belated to your hubby. Your dinner sounds fabulous! And I definitely agree that we should be grateful for everything, each and every day -- even the squirrels who hold a convention in the yard. Ha! :) Many blessings, Tammy

Susan said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for coming to visit! Hope you have a fun Sunday! Sincerely, Susan

Anonymous said...

I had pet parakeets when I was a child. I taught them to say I was pretty. Then when they said it, I would flaunt it in my sister's face. Mean little thing, wasn't I? I cried and cried when they passed away.

Rebecca said...

Cardinals are my favorite birds to see - no matter the season. I enjoy hearing the birds sing...One summer I became very attached to a family of robins that nested within view of my dining room window. I was even late to church the morning that the babies left the nest. I just didn't want anything to happen to them!

Susan said...

Oh Rosie, that was a funny memory for you, wasn't it? Your sister must have wanted to smack you! Ha! Isn't it amazing what we do when we are kids? Thanks for the chuckle.

Hi Rebecca: Cardinals are very gorgeous. And I don't blame you for becoming attached to the robin family!

Thanks for visiting and commenting ladies! Come back soon! Sincerely, Susan

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: Thanks for the great idea for Maya. I think I will just do that. She loves getting all dressed up. Love your birds. I have a few not like you though. Have a great week my dear friend. Blessings, Martha

Susan said...

Hi Martha! Ohhhh, dear Martha, please, please feel better. How wonderful you are walking! That is a great "action" step you have taken. Keep it up! So glad you will go out with Maya. Will it be breakfast, lunch, or high tea? Let me know! Blessings to you, Martha! Susan

diane stetson said...

Did you ever go on the ride in the Tikki Tikki room at Disneyland...LOVED that ride..."Let's all sing like the birdies sing.." I LOVE all kinds of birds..don't have a favorite but our school mascot is the Cardinal! xo

Susan said...

Hi Di! Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. Always, Susan

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi again Susan. If you go into my archives for 2009, click there then go to October (not March) -- you will find my post on the 20th called The Back Story. The link is below. If you copy and put it in yur browser, it should take you right to the post.

Thanks for stopping by! Many blessings, Tammy

Dianne said...

Hi! I just found your blog from a comment to Carmelina. So glad I found it and will add it to my blog list if you don't mind. I love your bird collection...especially the top photo... I love that it looks worn and like it has a story to tell.

Susan said...

Dear Tammy and Dianne....Loved that you both stopped by.

Tammy, I read your column on how you got to Kuwait. Great story! Thanks so much for the information. Your husband seems like a great guy and must be so happy to have such a beautiful wife!

Hi Dianne...SOOOOOO happy you have chosen to follow. Will LOVE having you. Thanks for your compliment on my birdies, too. Sincerely, Susan

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