Friday, March 25, 2011

Bluebird of happiness

I wonder where the phrase Bluebird of happiness comes from...is it because when you see one, your day is automatically made a bit more cheerful? This one we saw on a drive a few weeks back. We often see them, but ususally don't get a chance to photograph them. And even with this one, I only got the one shot. We were stopped in a covered bridge, so I tried to get out of the car and went around behind to sneak to a place out of view, hoping I could sneak up for a closer shot, but it took off before I even got around the car.
This fellow was out at the strip pits...it teams with red-winged blackbirds in the spring....then they all leave. They are beautiful...and very vocal.

As I sit at my computer I glance down the street a couple house and watch a pair of crows...they have a nest in the tiptop of a big pine/spruce type of tree. I cannot actually see the nest, I just see them coming and going all day long. I wonder how many babies they will have, and wonder if one will get blown out during some of the storms that come through.
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My boss always told about a kid in his class that had a pet crow....he thought it was the coolest thing. The boy would take off on his bicycle and the crow would come flying from behind and land on the handlebars and ride there.....

My boss told a lot of stories. I wish I had written them down, but just never thought it would all end so suddenly. He told of the circus coming to town--this was a small northern Indiana town. The elephant got loose and went through the town. It went in either a business or home...this is me forgetting which, not my boss. Anyway, it fell through to the basement. And here I don't remember the end of the story.

My boss also told of a boy he went to school with....he was one all the kids just sort of passed over and thought was a doofus....That changed completely with one assignment. They had to memorize a poem, or famous speech or some famous work. I forget what my boss memorized...but the 'doofus' was called on and he had memorize The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and stood at the front of the class to present it.....the class was completely enthralled. It was the last class of the day, and they all wanted to stay late to hear it all...I forget how long he said they sat there. But set there they did...not making a sound.

Just so many stories like that...lunch was ALWAYS fun there...

16 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful birds and great stories. I especially like that last story. Thanks for sharing.

texwisgirl said...

I always love it when a "doofus" has his day...

Beautiful bird shots!

don said...

You're boss was a great source of stories. I like the bird pictures today. I used to live on a pond where red-winged blackbirds hung around and I enjoyed seeing them. Where I live now...none. Sad change!

Judy said...

I always love your stories...This fall we had a few Bluebirds visit our feeder. So for, we haven't seen a one. I sure hope they come back.

Tricia said...

Hi Rose,

We've never seen any of the mamas get upset enough to hurt the babies... they might bleat some, but they've never hurt them or us! Mom lets the mama sheep have the babies wherever she wants, then she goes out & picks up the babies (after they're cleaned up) & uses the babies to lure the mama to a stall in the barn so they're protected & out of the weather - it's kinda funny... she picks up the baby or babies & starts walking toward the barn, then the mama starts bleating, so my mom will turn around & show her the baby & the mama will start following her again... she might have to do that 4 orr 5 times before she reaches the barn, but it's for their own good!
I couldn't believe how alert they were at 10 minutes old, though... amazing! If only ALL (humans, too) mamas were such good mamas!
It doesn't hurt to get close to them to get a pic... just be careful around the males, they tend to wanna scratch their heads on ya w/ enough force to knock ya over! LoL! =)

Montanagirl said...

Love the photos and the stories both!

George said...

Bluebirds are some of our favorite birds. We've had a family of bluebirds come around for several years. We haven't seen any redwing blackbirds, however.
You should write down all these stories -- they're fascinating.

Carletta said...

I had a bluebird visit weeks ago but haven't seen one since. I usually have a nest so I hope they'll be back.
You got a good shot even if it was only one.
The redwings have been visiting my feeders for about a week now. It hasn't been sunny enough to get a good shot of one.

KaHolly said...

Superb photos and great stories.

Small City Scenes said...

Nice shots of the birds. We have lots of Red-winged Blackbirds out here but not the Eastern Bluebird.

You stories are always wonderful> MB

EG Wow said...

I have never gotten a good shot of a bluebird. NEVER! So I am jealous. :))

Haha! I'm so glad the doofus proved he was much smarter than everyone thought.

A piece of news said...

My dad had a student like that once. The university I was attending had a poetry contest and I suggested his student (high school) enter. Well, he won! It changed a lot of perceptions at his school. That's good stuff.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Beautiful pictures of the birds!

Neal said...

Wow Rose....those are good!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I don't think I have seen a bluebird up here, but if EG WOW has then there must be as we live pretty close to one another.

Gill in Canada

Mary said...

Wonderful stories.

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