Greater Wisdom

As I was creating this old “Duffer” for Weird Bird Wednesday

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I wondered how long do birds live?  So I discovered online at National Geographic, that the World’s oldest Flamingo, whose name was “Greater” and lived at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo, was put to sleep at age 83!  The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind so the zookeeper felt it was the humane thing to do.

An Albatross named “Wisdom,” may be the oldest bird to give birth.  At age 62, she hatched a new chick, possibly her 35th baby!  She was still going strong in 2012 living at the Midway Atoll Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific.

I also learned online at Wild Birds, that larger birds tend to live longer.  Check out this link to find other longevity records of banded birds in the wild:  http://www.wildbirds.com/ProtectBirds/LifeExpectancy/tabid/709/Default.aspx

One final note about this old Duffer bird, who was a member of this golf club:

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Rarely did he get one stroke under par, (a birdie), two strokes (an eagle) was unheard of and three strokes, (an albatross) was never on his scorecard…

Maybe you know other old duffers who belong to the same club?!

May your day be above par!  Cheers!  🙂

43 responses to “Greater Wisdom

  1. Love it jilly may your day be above par!

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  2. Love the golf connections. What a neat looking bird. I love your quirky bird collection, Jill.

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  3. I’ve always loved the word duffer…yours is perfect! (K)

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  4. Love this old “duffer”. What a fun bird!

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  5. Such a cute old fellow 🙂

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  6. Your old duffer is adorable. I like how you snuck in the word old. Thanks for the bird education today. Enjoy your day Jill!

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    • So happy you like him, Sharon! 💕😃 One never knows who is going to show up on my page! I usually start with looking at words in the dictionary for ideas. Enjoy your day too! We have sunshine so I’m going to plant some flowers. 💐💖

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  7. Love your duffer! I personally love birds and you inspire me….love the info and the lightheartedness that you brought into your post.

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  8. Amazing stats Jill! Who knew birds could live so long? Love old Duffer and to be such a great golfer too. Who knew that about birds? 🙂

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  9. Aw what an emotive sketch! You can almost hear his old bones creak! hehe! I always enjoy seeing the papers you’ve used to create your collages. ❤

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  10. Haha!! LOVE this! So fun and so well drawn!! Fab weird bird today, Jill. I think Duffer may be one of my new faves! 😍

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  11. Love this…. great effect on the old duffer!

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  12. That’s a long life that flamingo had. Too bad his death was chosen for him. Great golf reference. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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  13. Quite a charming old gentleman and who knew that birds lived so long?! Thanks for the interesting facts.

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  14. Just love him! Your simply killing me with those legs!! There are days when I feel how he looks! He has many stories to tell……please do tell! Thanks so much! Can’t wait till next week!

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  15. Love him just the way he is! Cool, elegant and so debonair!

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  16. Great job Jill. The old guy has such character!

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  17. Love piece again, Jill – creative as ever! And love the golf terms too. May your day be above par too. Well, this one made me smile too.
    Your story made me remember an old school book (all kinds of tables of information for biology/chemistry/physics) mentioning long living animals, but don’t remember which ones. Probably turtles. 🙂

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  18. Thanks you, Corinne! I was amazed how long some birds (and animals) live! The old duffer helped me learn a thing or two! Lol! 😉

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