The restless birds in the tree-tops high
Are shaking their wings at last,
And chirp, and twitter their songs of praise,
As the dawn comes on so fast.
—Mary Dow Brine
a sanctuary filled with an extended family—so many beautiful birds, delightful birds, playful, flying, scampering birds—thrashers, sparrows, woodpeckers, starlings, and titmice and and and.
swinging with playful birds singing chirping dancing playing.
from a wired article, 01-08-14:
orvids, the group of birds that includes ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, have quite the reputation. Ravens can use insight to solve problems, crows make and use a variety of tools, and jays can remember the past and plan for the future.
These birds are also known to be particularly explorative and playful. They are very interested in novel objects, regularly manipulating things they find and even taking and stashing objects. . . .Animals learn about their physical environment by interacting with objects, and corvids may build up a knowledge database of their world through object exploration. This might help them discover new sources of food, evade different kinds of predators, or adapt to changing or new environments. [Ivo] Jacobs says corvids fit this picture because they are relatively large-brained, long-lived, adaptable, playful, and innovative.
—except from article by: Jacobs, I. F., Osvath, M., Osvath, H., Mioduszewska, B., von Bayern, A. M. P., and Kacelnik, A. (2013).
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown
Who ponders this tremendous scene
This whole Experiment of Green
As if it were his own!
—A Little Madness in the Spring, Emily Dickinson
a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.
wishes for a happy holidays.
seems so often that conversation is complicated.
even with the best of intentions there is confusion & miscommunication.
sound. words. symbols. chatter.
the most important thing in communication
is hearing what isn’t said.
dancing about in branches & moving through
wind stirred oceans
fill the air with
rustling, chattering, splashing, whistling,
for those placed within
life is still
enclosed in wood grain veneer
adorned with graceful glass containers
of pure blue water
echoing an unsettling quiet.
The fact that we have to keep animals in captivity is a sign of the abject failure of us as a species.
The long-term goal should be that we do not need to keep animals in captivity. . . .
—Damian Aspinall, wildlife park owner, to the Evening Standard.