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a really good book and bird news

Feather

Feather

You know by now that I'm infatuated by birds. Since I was a little girl and Martin let a hawk fly through the chapel at school, I've loved the big birds the most. But they are all interesting to me. Their shapes, their song, their nesting, their stories. I like to watch them, draw them, stitch them.

Jacket

Jacket

To the book. From time to time, I'm one who wanders the library stacks with my head tipped to the right, reading the titles lined up on the shelves, hoping I'll randomly run into a really good book. This title got my attention.The Conjurer's Bird by Martin Davies. It's fiction about the race to find a rare bird in contemporary London, but the mystery is revealed through the story of naturalists in the 18th century. Beautiful writing, wonderful story. The thing that most surprised me though was that the book hadn't been checked out since 2006. All those years it's been sitting there, waiting for someone to take a chance on it. So glad I did. 

{Another title I brought home and also enjoyed is a collection of short stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. In the small world category, Erin just took a class with the author at a writer's conference last week.} 

Other bird news:

We have screech owls hanging around our house these last few weeks. At night they are right over the back door calling each other. The image at the top of the post is what I found pasted against the screen door one morning. Hmm. I don't know what happened but it was ominous to see this feather at eye level after a night of noisy birds.

A few weeks ago Maggie turned us onto the HBO documentary Birders: the Central Park Effect. We've watched that several times too. Fantastic. From that I learned that warbler season is approaching. They'll be passing through on migration and I've got my binoculars ready to go. We saw an American Redstart the other day and hummingbirds a few times lately. Regular residents this summer are cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, chickadees, titmice, house wrens, sparrows, mourning doves and a flicker who does his own thing near the feeder. The grackles and cowbirds still stop by too. 

And over the weekend I designed a new sampler for my shop. I hope to have it all stitched up and ready to post in a few days. It has birds in it.

{Well, yes. Of course it does.}

Flystitch

Flystitch

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