Birds I’d like to meet

February 3, 2012 | My Jottings

My mother used to love birds. When I was growing up we had two canaries, Mr. Clean (who wouldn’t stay out of the water cup in his cage) and Apricot (because he was a pale orange color). Then we had a Mynah bird named Ringo whose cage was in my room. Ringo enjoyed raw ground meat and pecking my mother’s cuticles when she cleaned his cage. We also had a pair of finches we called Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee, because they finished each others’ sentences. One said “deedle deedle DEE!” and the other would always immediately answer, “deedle DEE-dle.” About four hundred times a day.

My husband also loves birds. When I married him I hardly ever paid attention to birds, but living with him for thirty years has changed that. We have had three cockatiels (Rosie, Chester and Walter) and one canary (Harriet).

We don’t keep birds as pets anymore, but we feed the wild outside birds a lot, and even our grandchildren love to watch as chickadees, jays, juncos, sparrows and nuthatches make frequent visits to our back deck.

Here are some birds of the world (found online) I’ve marveled over today…

Meet your average Green Honeycreeper:


A Lady Gouldian Finch:

A Mandarin Duck:

This is a Lorikeet:

A Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock:

A Polish Chicken:

A Flamecrest:

Lady Amherst’s Pheasant:

Wilson’s Bird of Paradise:

Bleeding Heart Pigeons:

A Resplendent Quetzal:

And this is the Blue Footed Booby. Click here to see two Blue Footed Boobies do their very slow and simple mating dance. I think even I could do it. (Don’t tell Michael though.)

And my favorite bird of all, the Northern Cardinal. (For those who might not know why Cardinals are special to me, click here.)

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?   

Matthew 6:26

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Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend…


  1. Lloyd says:

    How come the Lord made so many different birds, Julie? And fish, flowers, butterflies, insects, beasts–and people. every one with has its unique beauty, including people. Something to ponder.

  2. Just Julie says:

    Lloyd, I have pondered that question countless times, as I know you have as well. I love to see what kind of deductions I can reasonably make about God just by looking at his creation. From looking at these very few birds I think He must LOVE color, love variety, have a sense of humor, and be very, very smart. 🙂 What do you think?

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    What gorgeous, gorgeous colourful birds….they make our european birds lok really drab in comparison! How come you got all the bright and pretty ones over there?

  4. Just Julie says:

    Oh Helen – I wish we had these birds here – we don’t! These are birds I found online from all over the world, from the Galapagos Islands to Australia. We have blue jays and red cardinals and yellow gold finches, but many of our birds are more drab too.

  5. Ginny says:

    It’s the Campbells!!! The (BIG) Blue Footed Boobies!!! I am still laughing at their dance. This is how we would look if we were birds! And Peter already dances like that!!! We just didn’t know the origin! LOL!! And as he has advanced, he is also an accomplished “wrist dancer”… You stand in one spot, arms bent at the elbow, hands looking like the are turning a door handle to the beat of the music! He is a real live wire on the dance floor!!! Gotta submit this, I am about to wet my feathers… LOL!!!!!!

  6. Just Julie says:

    Ginny, I’m sitting here laughing my head off at your comment. And I can see Pete wrist dancing perfectly! But I thought we were the Big Blue Footed Boobies – maybe we’re long lost cousins or something. 🙂

  7. Ember says:

    Fab. I think I like the Polish chicken best of all.

  8. Just Julie says:

    The Polish Chicken is one of my three favorites, Ember. Weren’t they fun to look at? God bless your weekend….

  9. Linda says:

    Matthew 6:26 was the “verse of the week” …quoted it 2 my “worried”
    86 yr old mother as we sat on her bay/wetlands front home in Md viewing the marsh ducks & water birds through binoculars & up close & personal..
    God has a way of getting our attention…how can anyone ignore the hugeness of His variations & colors of all created things!….As I viewed each picture here I became breathless w/awe & wonder & could not refrain from weeping in a quiet “God moment”….(after laughing @ the Boobies!)
    Thank u 4 sharing some of God’s majestic creatures w/us Julie….

  10. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for what you shared Linda. Your “laughing with the Boobies” made me laugh and give thanks for them and you. Yes, the variety in His creation is awe-inspiring isn’t it? Xxoo

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