Is That Hummingbird Keeping You Awake?

I couldn’t resist this–a hummingbird, sound asleep… and snoring. Who knew birds could snore?

Our cats snore sometimes. And make other little noises in their sleep. But you expect that from cats and dogs. If you watch them sleeping, you can even guess what they’re dreaming about.

Betcha anything birds dream!

A Naughty Parakeet

You’ve got this little box in which you like to keep your change. Lots of it, nickels, dimes, quarters. You’ve also got a parakeet.

We have many videos of cats pushing things off shelves for no describable reason. Maybe this parakeet thinks he’s a cat. His idea is to toss the coins out of the box.

Easy come, easy go…

Parrot Sings What My Daddy Sang

I couldn’t resist this–a parrot singing You Are My Sunshine. My father used to sing this to me when I was a toddler having a bad night: pick me up, rock me, and sing this song. Never mind that he had to punch in at the Ford plant at 6:00 in the morning. His children always came first.

Better even than Gene Autry, Dad. And certainly better than this parrot, who is not to be blamed for his musical difficulties.

Sanity Break: A Musical Cockatiel

How many of you read that headline as “musical cocktail”? But no, it’s a musical bird–who’s learned to whistle the theme music from the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Steamboat Willie.”

I offer this as a little oasis of sanity in a desert of nooze.

Eagle Snatches Toddler

This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen occasionally–an eagle attempts to snatch a human child. Happily for the baby and his parents, he’s just a little too heavy for the eagle to bring back to its nest. That’s how these rare incidents usually turn out.

There’s some feeling out there that this video is a fake. But it’s a fact that large eagles sometimes attempt to prey on small children… So don’t leave your baby just sitting there if eagles are around.

Oh, what a Roman augur would have made of this incident!

It’s My Tern!

What can you say? Baby birds are cute! I love the way this baby tern waddles excitedly back and forth, eagerly awaiting dinner; and his parents bring him a nice fresh baitfish–a sand eel–and try to teach him how to eat it. Without hands, teeth, knife, or fork. Try it sometime.

The Peaceable Kingdom (Well, Mostly)

As someone who’s seen neighborhood cats catch and eat all kinds of birds, including pigeons, I have to wonder about the dove in this video. Does he have a death wish? How does he know this cat–who only wants to take a nap–won’t eat him? Even when he finally pushes the cat too far, the cat lets him go unharmed.

I think the Lord is trying to tell us something.

A School for Ducklings

Here’s something a little different, you won’t see it every day. The high school’s door is open, so a mother duck leads her ducklings into the building.

Is she taking them on a tour? Is it a short-cut to the pond? We never had ducks and ducklings in my high school. But they we never had any of those weird-looking steel chairs, either–those things that look like props for a movie about mad scientists. Maybe the ducks are looking for the movie.

Sleepy Ducklings

This is kind of short, but you’re gonna love it. And if you watch it twice, it’ll seem twice as long.

It’s just a pair of tuckered-out ducklings. Who knows what they did to get so sleepy?

Memory Lane: Our Friendly Egret

This video reminds me of a snowy egret who used to keep us company at the house we rented, for vacation, on Long Beach Island. Actually, she was attached to the owner of the house, who lived downstairs. But she liked Patty and me, too.

Every year she flew down to Florida for the winter, but she always came back in the spring and stayed all summer. Often she used to perch in the owner’s boat when he went fishing. Or she joined us on the dock while we fished, or on the deck when we watched the sun go down. We always had some bits of squid for her, or a minnow or two. She would have joined us in the living room if we left the door open, but for the rug’s sake we never did that.

Snowy egrets nearly went extinct in the 19th century, due to the demand for its feathers to decorate lady’s hats. When the demand went away, the egret recovered.

I never saw another wild bird half as friendly and sociable as this egret. We loved her, and it was always a treat to find her still there when we came down for two weeks in September.

And her snowy feathers surely looked better on her than on some silly hat.