Monday, May 18, 2009

My Weekly Bird ABC

'Q', now this one is a challenge.
The first bird is known as a Common Grackle
but for today I will use it's scientific name,
Quiscalus quiscula.
I am thankful that this is not the usual way of referring to this bird.
All birds have a common name and a scientific one.
The Grackle is not one of the most loved birds,
as it may raid other nests,and when a flock arrive
they can empty the feeders very quickly. Now I will move on to Queer.
The House Finch pictured below has a queer hair style.
I think it was part of the molt,but I like the bad hair day idea.
As if that wasn't queer enough,take a look at this American Robin.
He looks in rough shape,but did not act sick so it was probably in molt as well.
I think he is about the most pathetic looking Robin I have ever seen.
Queer seems to fit well here.
I know this post does not have many pictures,
but this is all I could come up with.
Check back next Monday,it should look much better.
How great are your works,O Lord.
Psalm 92:5

19 comments:

  1. You sure did capture some funny bad hair days. Glad you weren't around me with all the wind we have been having. :)

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  2. You did a great job for "Q"

    poor robin...

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  3. We have so many Grackles ,but I guess they have to eat too. I tolerate them, but wish they would find another restaurant. I have a few House Finches with this weird hair-do too.
    Have a great rest of the week.
    B.

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  4. Very creative, Ruth! I wondered how you would handle "Q".

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  5. How creative you were Ruth, with the "Q" birds... Good thing for those scientific names, huh????? ha ha (Glad I don't have to remember the scientific names!)

    I know that birds do 'molt' (usually in late winter). BUT--the little fledglings (born in Spring/Summer) definitely look weird --with alot of fuzz. So maybe one of your 'fuzzy' ones could be a fledgling... ?????

    I got some cute pictures today of a baby Robin and his Ma/Pa... I'll publish them sometime this week. They are so precious!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Ruth, you did a lot with Q. That poor robin looks just awful and I think the house finch is so comical with the little tufts.

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  7. Yikes - that is the saddest looking robin I ever saw! I was wondering what you would do with Q and thought maybe you would have photos of Quackers - you know, ducks! Yours are great! Bad hair day is right!

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  8. I've never seen anything quite like that poor Robin! The bad hair idea was a good one.

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  9. Ruth: Neat shots of the Sparrow and Queer Robin. Scientific name, what a way to go.

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  10. Like so many others who have commented, I also wondered how you were going to present the "Q" birds. Great idea! Scientific name and "queer" looking. :) I have a photo of a fledgling house finch from a couple years ago with those tufts, too. They are so cute when they fledge and come to the feeders looking like a "bad hair day." Poor robin! I've never seen one when it was molting. Have a good week, Ruth.

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  11. Those are great choices for "queer"! So funny looking! I've had a bald female cardinal that shows up occasionally with her mate. Obviously some of these odd hairdos don't effect them too much!

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  12. Well done on the letter "Q" Ruth. I've seen a few birds in molt lately too.

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  13. Ruth, lol at those bad hair days!! You really captured some very interesting pictures of birds in molt fashion!!
    Tough to find too many Q birds..thank goodness for the scientific names!!

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  14. So cute to see all your birdy's bad hair days - LOL! These made me smile!!

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  15. The finch and the robin made me laugh, Ruth! Queer is the word ;-) haha!

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  16. I think you did great with Q!
    I LOVE that finch with the bad hair day!!

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  17. Oh my word Ruth!! That Robin is the saddest looking thing!! I sure hope it's just a seasonal thing!

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  18. That was a great hairdo! Loved it!

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  19. They can be a real mess when they molt, can't they?

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