Sue’s write photo challenge this week is entitled Harbinger
For visually challenged writers, the image shows an odd and ancient-looking magpie with milky eyes and one wing folded over his back, almost like a cloak.
I remember the rhyme from my childhood and also the children’s TV programme.
They say one is for sorrow, and this little chap suggests sad tidings.
But what if he’s not? For all we know he could be doing the Dance of the Seven Feathers to entertain the fledgings, or maybe he’s finding his feet (or wings) having been transformed into a magpie by an evil witch.
Then again, maybe he’s just shy having been caught on camera.
I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives.
We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
It is several years since I encountered this creature… he has stayed in my mind and heart. I think he is rather special somehow…
Bit like the jackdaw my dad nursed back to health.
You don’t forget them, do you?
There are pictures of me aged about 3 with it.
How lovely to have them. I remember making cages withthe big old fireguards so the birds had a safe space to heal… no pictures though.
I’ve got them in my blog
I’ll have a wander 🙂
It seems innocent of any evil doings.
The Dance of the Seven Feathers sounds fun! 🙂 Nice ponderings Di.
The secret lives of birds Iain ……………… 😀
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I love Magpies and always treat them with live and respect 💜💜
Not a fan of them or Jays having seen both attack nests with young blue tits inside. Saying that though, their purple plumage is beautiful
I agree that they are mean and mercinary but I do love members of the Corvus family 💜
My Dad nursed a jackdaw back to health, and they are corvoid too.
I know I think they are so clever, well done your dad 💜💜
Birds can be vicious little beasts, but they sure know how to survive….
Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.
I remember that TV show! I used to love it 😊 It was on when we came home from school.
Susan Stranks, Mick Robertson were two of the original presenters I think and Jenny Hanley joined the team later. It gave Blue Peter a run for the money.
Yes it did! 🙂
Nice Di, some birds do get a bad rap.
They do indeed. They still make me feel humble though as they manage to survive in all weathers and conditions
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