If you go to the Tower of London, you will see the ravens there. Did you know that they clip their wings so that they cannot fly? They do this because of the old belief that if the ravens ever leave, the crown will fall and Britain with it! Not that anyone believes that would really happen, but hey, just in case!
|Tufted Titmouse trying to have a private bath.|
|Chickadee ready for a drink. (This looks like the Blue|
tit in England!)
|Cardinal. Bright red, so this is the male. This has to be where the expression "Pretty bird" came from!|
|American Goldfinch. These bright yellow feathers with the black and white are just exquisite! This same bird in the winter will be a dull brown. That yellow turns to a dull brown! Really, I promise that it does! Amazing!!|
|American robin. This photo was from this hot Georgia summer. Please do not notice our poor dead grass, everything suffers in this heat except any birds who visit Kay & Richard!|
There is a wonderful story about Roger Tory Peterson who was one of the first in America to write and illustrate the first field guide to birds. As a child he came upon what appeared to be a brown bundle of feathers on a tree trunk. Thinking it was dead he and his friends poked it with a stick and it flew up in the air with an explosion of wings.
Peterson would say later, " It was the contrast, you see, between something I thought was dead and something so alive... I came to believe birds are the most vivid reflection of life. It made me aware of the world in which we live."