Temperatures may be plunging into the low teens this week in our neck of the woods…
This is when the rare Ice Bird will sometimes appear on a chilly winter day, clutching a blue icicle.
A small bird identified by its skinny, ice-thin legs, blue tip on the end of its beak and large white eyes.
Legend has it, if you are fortunate to spot one, you will likely live in a warm home and never be without electricity for five consecutive days…
Happy Hunting! ❄️🐦❄️
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This rare word, I mean bird appeared today:
It is a Hilipil for short. It comes from the land of imagination.
Floccinaucinihilipilification is a noun and one of the LONGEST words in the English language.
Pronounced as flok-sub-naw-sub-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-KEY-shuh
It means the estimation of something as valueless, rare.
Now you can dazzle all your friends with this unusual word. I challenge you to try saying it three times really fast! 🙂
This udderly ridiculous bird:
Is NOT part cow:
But it is a REAL bird:
Yes! There really is a Cowbird!
I was doing some online research on Cardinals after my blogger friend, Jodi – who takes FANTASTIC photos – posted a video of a female Cardinal nesting in her backyard – very cool! Check out her blog at Life In Between. (Not only does Jodi take awesome photos of birds, she also shares some delicious recipes that look like they came from a magazine! She recently did a silly bird in watercolors that I ADORE!)
I had no idea that cowbirds really existed! Apparently, they are smallish blackbirds. Cardinals are often “parasitized” by the Brown-headed Cowbird. This means that the Cowbird waits until the female Cardinal is away, then the Cowbird visits the nest, removes an egg and then lays one of her own eggs. (Talk about mooooving in!) The egg is apparently similar in size. The Cardinal then raises the Cowbird. I had no idea birds did this! This Cowbird is certainly milking it for all it’s worth!!!
The Cowbirds are made up of a family of Screaming, Giant, Bronzed, Shiny and Brown-headed birds…(no I’m not making this up!)
Hope you have an UDDERLY creative day!!! 🙂
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As Luck would have it, Bill showed up just in time…
To help Curly!
Luck led him…
To meet Curly!
She had Luck in her corner…
When her Bill was paid!
I started my birds by choosing random dictionary words from my pile of scrap paper:
I used other scrap papers for their background and just started gluing with a glue stick. No thinking. Just spontaneous fun!
The words in each bird gave me a clue to their name. And then I just started creating a story.
I find this random play of words, birds and scrap paper to be a great way to relax after a long day!
Happy Creating! 🙂
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Sometimes dictionary illustrations give me ideas for birds such as this one:
The Funnel-Nosed Bosh –
The word, “funnel” had a wonderful illustration in a children’s dictionary so I used it for my bird’s beak!
Bosh means: absurd or foolish talk; nonsense
I added some scraps of scrapbook paper and a new bird appeared!
May you find new meaning in every day words! 🙂
Is it a cat with a tail or a bird with a beak? I can’t tell you really until I hear it speak!
But this bird can sound like a cat mew I’m told… So listen on my link and tell me what you think!
Enjoy your day!
The Word of the Day: Switcheroo – which means an unexpected or sudden change or reversal.
This word’s definition triggered my memory of Mood Rings – popular in the 1970’s. The stone supposedly changed colors according to your mood. I discovered it has more to do with a person’s body temperature. To read more about it: http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryfaqs/f/moodring.htm
The word itself reminded me of my husband’s favorite cookie that his mom makes called Scotcheroos. They contain Rice Krispies cereal, peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips and LOTS of sugar! They are great with a cup of coffee for breakfast! Here is a recipe if you are interested: http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/chocolate-scotcheroos
Spring is upon us where I live in the Pacific Northwest. The sun will be shining one minute and then Mother Nature performs a switcheroo and it starts snowing.
This brings me to my bird for the day: A Switcheroo
The beak is multi-colored like a mood ring, the body a butterscotch color and my bird is perched on a Spring flower.
Enjoy your day!
Here is a new tongue twister for you!
I used the Capital “C” for the head of the canary and the cat. The lower case “c” is used on the canary’s breast and the cat’s license on it’s collar.
Have a CREATIVE day!
Under your umbrella, Is a handsome bird fella, Come rain or shine, He’s there to cover your behind!
Word of the day is Brolly which is a British name for umbrella.
There actually is an Umbrella Bird! To see it go here:
Some days life feels like a juggling act! Today was one of those days for me.
Hope this bird gives you a smile!