After celebrating the king of all birds yesterday at the Wren Festival, I feel it only fair to give a nod to some other feathered friends, so here are a few fabulous birds I’ve spotted on my travels.
This chirpy little robin, a true harbinger of winter, followed me on a wintry hike around Howth Head. He was quite far off, but his song filled the air and his vibrant red feathers brightened up bare branches with a welcome flash of colour.
Not at all chirpy and more than a little bit scary, this massive hawk swooped over my shoulder in Van Cortland Park in New York and ate a squirrel right in front of me.
This dashing white peacock lives in the grounds of St. John the Divine in northern Manhattan and could be a contender for the title King of all Birds – he’s certainly got the outfit for the job.
Finally, this little guy was a contender in the annual Georgetown Power Tool Drag Races in Seattle last year. He didn’t win the race, but he won my heart.
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Knock me over with a feather!
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Chinese proverb
“Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.” – Izaak Walton