Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sideways Bird

Eleni's bird

So I should set something straight. While the recently shared bunny rescue may convey a sort of gentle nobility where all things small, helpless and creature-like are concerned, I am personally subject to being easily grossed out by anything in nature. You name it. No, I'll name it. We once again have a family of wrens in one of the flower baskets on the patio. My parents were visiting over the weekend (house-hunting even!) and we'd regularly bring up how darling it was that we could hear the exchange of twitters and cheeps between mama wren and her babes as she tirelessly delivered fresh worms around the clock. Well, the first day of flight finally arrived today announced by the more than usual chirps in the patio. Just like last year I made sure Jaws was outside, and went to get my camera. I opened one of the kitchen-to-patio windows and was greeted by two little sweetie-tweeties sitting in my potted peace lily. I zoomed in on the little one who was looking right at me. As I turned the camera's lens from blurry to focused, I just as slowly noticed what at first looked like a little worm sticking out the side of baby bird's mouth (how sweet, I thought). Yet as soon as I used my special live view zoom so that the bird's entire little face filled my LCD I immediately realized that little thing going directly sideways was it's beak! I almost dropped the camera at the sight of the mutant baby bird, and had to cover mouth to keep from tossing a toffee Cliff bar. Oh, and then the flood of guilt! The poor bird, I wondered if perhaps it already had its first big flight right into a window! Oh poor thing! But still, eeuuwwwuhh. I couldn't handle it. Closed the window. Went back to the studio. And have resorted to sharing the above bird. Eleni ordered this little birdie to adorn a new dress. Specifically that it be red and fuzzy and walking. That I can do. I have no doubt that if the kids were here they would have already performed plastic surgery on the baby bird and all would be well. Alas, the nature gene, I do not possess.

Anna, who is still feeling guilty

36 comments:

  1. I am right there with ya on this one. I'm not sure if I would have been able to keep the Clif bar down.

    I'm so terrible that sometimes even *plants* freak me out (especially vines! They creep!)

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  2. Ok, Anna! I'm with ya sista! I took a photo of a "cute" birds nest at dad and mom's last spring, and when I zoomed in all I saw was a nest full of POOP and scrawny BEAKS! Sorry if I am offending anyone here, but my goodness......thankfully we all grow into ourselves after birth! LOL I love your embroidered peep! I love all things birdie and nesty, but I think they look better in pen/sculpture. :))
    Happy Spring! PS...i was snacking on Tostitos and now I can't eat a single one until I get that picture of the poopy nest out of my mind.

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  3. Good Morning Anna, I so enjoy your bold entries! Today's though is just the funniest observation ever!!!...and so true! I'm still giggling! Enjoy the day....Heidi:)

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  4. Oh poor little bird! Was it's beak coming off? Perhaps if you see him again you could take him to an emergency vet clinic? I guess birds aren't exactly easy to catch! Oh well, I like to believe God doesn't let animals feel pain :-)

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  5. Alas, poor baby bird. If it has a deformity and made it this far, he is probably able to eat ok. If he was injured, you will probably know soon enough (and not in a good way.) One of the hard realities of real life with nature.

    Are your parents thinking of moving close to you? How exciting would that be! Your kids would go nuts!

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  6. OK..... this is totally unrelated to your too cute little bird story but... HOW DID YOU GET THAT CUTE LITTLE STICH BORDER AROUND YOUR PHOTO?!?! It is precious...

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  7. Terriaw1:58 PM

    So glad you showed us a picture of Eleni's bird instead! It's adorable.

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  8. Well.. thus is the way of the Lord. Just as we don't always come out as perfect as imagined, same goes for the rest of nature. We have raised chickens with this same deformity and some do well, some do not. We had a turtle once that lived a good 7 years with just such a deformity. Of course we are now known for taking in "special" animals. I hope your bird does well and hope you don't have to witness some of the other grossness of mother birds feeding their young. You wouldn't believe how nasty some of it can be!

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  9. Oh, I feel your pain! A few years ago we had a robin that got it's feet tangled up in a backyard rug. Of course, I didn't realize it was stuck until I had tried two or three swipes at it with a broom (from a distance, mind you). It was a hot day, so we waited for sunshine to hit the spot and then, and then, yes, Rockin' Robin perished from heatstroke. Although then I still had to get out there with scissors and free the little feet from the tangled knot of nylon webbing! Ewwww!

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  10. We had a bird observation this morning, too. We were sitting in the living room and my daughter said, look at the bird!!! It was on a window sill just above our sliding glass door. Pretty soon another bird arrived and they quickly became close friends, if you know what I mean. The kids watched and said, looks like a Mommy and Daddy!!!

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  11. Poor little bird, but I have to say I am with ya. Not so fond of such things either. Nature can be so pretty, yet so, well, not sometimes.

    So, why were your parents house hunting?! :)

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  12. I just want to say thank you for not posting the photo of the real one!! I am in the middle of cooking dinner and thought I'd read a couple blogs while everything cooks. Now I'm not too sure I'll be eating so much tonight!!
    Your red bird is really cute! I love all of the french knots!!!

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  13. Very cute bird and I understand your squeamishness. It gets the toughest of us mom's at times.

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  14. This cracks me up. I do have the nature gene, but I have to admit, this gives me the heebie jeebies too. Though part of me wants to see the picture of it!

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  15. I was waiting for a pic of the side beaked bird and too am so glad we got to see Eleni's instead ;)

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  16. growing up our house seemed to be the place to come if you were a homeless cat (only outside). there was one cat who i will NEVER forget. why you ask? because it had a giant purple blind eye! my mom always felt so sorry for it, but i was just to disgusted. i do feel bad for not having any sympathy for this poor animal, but then again. . . it was freakin' gross!

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  17. Anna,

    I get very upset over hurt animals...It's crazy how upset I get. I don't know why. I think I like them better than people..I know it's not very nice to say that, but it's true. Anyway, poor birdy.

    On a side note: Any idea when those Drawing Room fabrics will hit the stores? Any date yet?

    Thank you.

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  18. I LOVE Eleni's bird and in this case only Eleni's bird. Another one of your darlings with fashion sense. That dress will be adorable! Can we see pictures when the dress is finished?
    I'm sorry you had to experience nature in all it's "gory" this morning! I would have done the same is you!

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  19. Anonymous9:44 AM

    LOL all your comments are so real and funny. Yes just the naration of what happen made me vomit a little in my mouth.

    LOve the bird above thought so cute. Can't wait to see the dress? maybe hopefully?

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  20. Wow, After having taken care of many a hurt bird....I can say, Wow this is a new one! I don't think I would of know what to do with ths little guy....and like you...not sure I would want to! uuggg. poor little guy!

    The good news is...if he is alive..he must be eating!

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  21. Anonymous10:02 AM

    you said -- The poor bird, I wondered if perhaps it already had its first big flight right into a window!

    Impacts into glass happen regularily and often - sadly nothing you can do if momma and dad didn't tell their littleones of the danger.

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  22. oh...don't feel bad :( YOUR bird is so cute! Wish I could embroider. Mine would probably look like the real bird you found
    :(

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  23. I'm right there with you but I have no right to be as my work background is in nature conservation!
    I used to dread anyone bringing any sick or injured beasties into my old work place. Someone once brought us a very sick bunny and expected me to humanely despatch it with a shovel - I'm still ashamed to say I let nature take it's course and the poor thing had to suffer longer than necessary....but ick - I could not have chopped it's head off if they'd paid me a million!!!!!

    I'm pleased you chose to show us the pretty birdie and not the mutant one :(
    xxx

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  24. I'm with you on this one -- my love of nature does not include mutant birds. Or, well, most of the icky parts of nature. I understand it has to exist -- but, um, ewww.

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  25. Well, I'm glad I don't have that problem. :) Your embroidered birdie is just beautiful. How do you find the time to do all your crafty things? Are you like Martha and don't require much sleep? I wish I was like that. Lynn

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  26. I would have done the exact same thing as you, ewww! Though I would probably have taken a photo to gross other people (I like sharing gross things, haha).

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  27. hahahahahahah Too funny Anna Maria :)

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  28. Aww, that was a sad story, but the embroidered bird looks great!
    Also, wanted to say Hristos Anesti!
    xo
    Katarina

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  29. ewwwwwwww! kind of steals the smile from the bunny story. giving away studio stuff over here, whatcha need? xoC

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  30. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Christos Anesti!



    Holly in Traverse City

    hollyoski@hotmail.com

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  31. Alithos Anesti, O Kyrios!!

    xo,AM

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  32. Funny how most kids have that "nature" gene, as you say. I think it is just innocence that resounding "let me see"...... all the things we have seen in our lives makes it easy to conjure and dismiss an image in our minds. We no longer have to inspect the real things to learn about it. Unfortuante really, but that is the reality of age and wisdom... loss of innocence and newness even when the situation is grim or gross!

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  33. I FEEL your pain and know the shame! LOL (sorta)

    On a brighter note-- Your stitched birdie looks great. I'm on a bird bender right now. I'm lovin' all things bird.

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