Essays

Essay — Birds on the brain

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We have birds on the brain here in Carpenter Country this week. No, we didn’t say we are bird brains, though that may sometimes be true and, based on the birds we know, probably isn’t as insulting as typically believed. At any rate, the birds we’re talking about are real, as real as Carpenter Country. 🙂

First on the list is an update on one of the resident bluebird families. A few weeks ago, we wrote about a new clutch of bluebird eggs in the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird.

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Time passes, and—SURPRISE! (or not)—those eggs hatched into five little bundles of cheeping, pooping bluebird babies. Yep, bluebird hatchlings are gray.

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Now, after the passage of even more time, those five little bundles of bluebird happiness have flown the coop. We don’t have pictures of that event, because we don’t like to disturb the nest. Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird are attentive parents, and they have enough work to do raising the poopers without having to deal with inquisitive humans.

We do, however, have pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird soon after the big event. Those empty nesters were enjoying together-time in the spa!

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We’re still deep in the heat of summer here in Carpenter Country, so after a brief break from hatchling-raising Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird may decide to raise another family. We’ll keep you posted.

Our resident murder of crows is the second item on the bird-brain list. The current murder consists of Mom and Dad Crow and two juveniles. The four of them have us well trained…

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…and occasionally they surprise us. You can read the story about a gift the crows recently left us in this week’s book bubble.

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Finally, our word of the week is struthious.

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A secondary meaning of struthious, related to the myth of ostriches burying their heads in the sand, is ignoring something that needs attention.

 

What flights of fancy have you taken this week?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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4 thoughts on “Essay — Birds on the brain

  1. Lovely post.. I have common sparrows and starlings and they bring such wonderful entertainment in the water fountain and feeder. One reason I could never live in the city.

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