IS THIS BIRD CUTE OR WHAT!?
This is a tufted titmouse coming in for a landing. Look at that streamlined “Master of flight.”
This made me speculate on what would happen if I tried to propel myself off of a tree branch, keeping my arms pressed tightly against my body. In order to be a totally legit experiment, I would have to land on the ground with precision…it would be against the rules to use my hands in any way. Even if I started to fall, I wouldn’t be allowed to put my hands out to catch myself…birds can’t use their wings to break a fall.
Now I’m speculating on whether or not I’d break my nose when I fell flat on my face. I might get away with cuts and bruises, miracles happen every day.
Now I’m inclined to leave the gymnastics to the birds…I don’t have any bandages in the house and….I’m a coward.
This adorable bird is a rosefinch. This is a male, and apparently they molt and then the new feathers come in, dull at first and then they get redder with “wear”. I wonder exactly what that means? I’m guessing that means “use”, lots of wing flapping and flying.
We humans should be like that. The older we got, the more shiny and pretty we’d get. We experience “use”, lots of use, but I haven’t noticed myself getting brighter. Bummer.
IN MY PREVIOUS POSTS I SHARED THE STRANGE PHENOMENON OF FLOATING, FLYING PEANUTS.
WELL, NOW I’M GETTING MORE THAN A LITTLE CONCERNED. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE HEADS ON THESE TWO BLUE JAYS HAVE FLOATED AWAY!!!! HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THEY’RE STILL FLYING?? I’M GOING TO THE KITCHEN RIGHT NOW TO FIND SOME DUCT TAPE. I’M GOING TO TAPE MY HEAD ON.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY, RIGHT?
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! I’M ACTUALLY SEEING ONE OF THE FLYING PEANUTS!! IT’S JUST RISING UP INTO THE AIR ALL BY ITSELF!!
WHAT’S UP THERE? I DON’T SEE ANYTHING! IF IT’S ALIENS, I CAN’T SEE THEM…I CAN SORT OF HEAR NOISE…LIKE PEOPLE CHEERING AT A BASEBALL GAME. I CAN SMELL HOT DOGS, POPCORN….IN FACT I THINK I SEE HOT DOGS AND POPCORN FLYING UP INTO THE SKY! SOMEWHERE UP IN THE UNIVERSE THERE’S OBVIOUSLY A BALLGAME GOING ON AND THEY’RE STEALING ALL OF OUR SNACKS!! THIS IS SO UNFAIR!!
WHEN LAST WE MET, PEANUTS WERE STARTING TO FLY OUT OF THE PEANUT PILE…NOW WE HAVE A DIFFERENT PROBLEM…THE SQUIRRELS ARE STARTING TO BE LIFTED INTO THE AIR! I NEED TO GO OUTSIDE AND LOOK TO SEE IF THERE’S SOMETHING UP IN THE SKY…LIKE A BLACK HOLE…OR AN ALIEN WITH A VACUUM.