Sunday, June 08, 2008

Just look at this bird...

I noticed him last week. Every time I look through the window he is there, sunning himself, all feathers fanned out, usually with his beak open. I can't work out if there's something wrong with him...

...or he's just plain lazy. When I go close he can't be bothered to fly, just hops away. He can fly though. I've seen him. If I just watch him he eventually draws in his feathers...

...and flies away (though not very far). I call him Mario, and I am thinking of making a tiny medallion for him to hang round his neck. I think he'd like that.


Blogger pierre l said...

He may just be efficient: why fly if walking away is enough to stop you catching him.

Mon Jun 09, 01:18:00 am  
Anonymous Susan said...

Crows do that all the time. They look like they're suffering heat stroke, but I think they're just soaking up the sun. If a genuine threat arrives on the scene they'll fly away very quickly.

Mon Jun 09, 05:23:00 am  
Blogger jem said...

I wouldn't worry, I think he is fine. My blackbirds do this. The first few times I thought they had crashed and splatted but they seem to love it. And you can get very close till they move.

I've also seen pigeons showering in the rain, tipping on their side and lifting their wings to let the rain underneath!

Mon Jun 09, 10:59:00 am  
Anonymous Clare. said...

Pierre: This is true. Maybe he is just a sensible bird. My sons often take this approach in life, I find.

Ah, thank you Susan - I had not noticed that about crows. I shall have to inspect more closely.

And thank you Jem. That is very reassuring. I'm getting quite fond of Mario - in a distant bird-human sort of way :-). I love your description of the pigeons showering in the rain. I wonder if they sing as they bathe, or at least coo a little.

Mon Jun 09, 11:11:00 am  
Blogger stu said...

Is he dragging the wing as he hops away? Some birds do that to look weaker to potential predators and so draw them away from nests.

Mon Jun 09, 11:21:00 am  
Blogger JL said...

Birds can and do have individual quirks. We used to have a Bluejay who would stop by our mulberry tree and eat the fermented berries off the ground, often getting too drunk to fly.

Mon Jun 09, 03:43:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Ah, interesting, Stu - I don't think he did, but shall watch out for that.

A drunk Bluebird! Excellent. Thank you JL,I hadn't thought of that. Maybe Mario is sloshed.

Mon Jun 09, 04:22:00 pm  
Blogger Gondal-girl said...

He is probably trying to eavesdrop on your thoughts, or give you some -little bird muse

Fri Jun 13, 03:46:00 pm  

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