Category Archives: Birds

Variations on a dirt bath

Effie’s garden outings almost always include a dirt bath. I’m not sure why, but it’s likely a way of scratching her back effectively–and of ensuring that she’ll receive a comb-out when we go back indoors.

Today, while Effie lolled back in the wonderful dirt and grass, a very large raven flew overhead. He seemed to dip a bit directly over us, and Effie, missing nothing, dove under the step ladder next to my chair. I was in Europa mode per Arthur C. Clarke: “Attempt no landings here!” I was wishing we kept a three-foot-long two-by-four in the yard, for those just-in-case moments. But the raven cruised on, thoroughly unmissed.





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It was a guy talk thing I didn’t understand

P1010502I was looking out my kitchen window and rinsing breakfast dishes when the pheasant cocks arrived. First, they jumped up and down and flapped their wings. Then there was a chat of several minutes’ duration. It seemed almost to be a parody of Middle Eastern negotiations.


P1010503Then they took it on the road.

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