Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Birds Aren't Real

Embellished stop sign with tag: "BIRDS AREN'T REAL."
Down the road from the embellished stop sign, we searched for pipits, but didn't find them. Maybe not real?
The usual occupants of this flooded field, geese and gulls, seemed pretty real.
Elsewhere, such as in the Arboretum, birds do seem real, 
like this orchard oriole singing its spring song.

The warblers that are migrating through Michigan also seem real.

Birding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. We are glad to have so many beautiful birds not far from us, keeping up our spirits while we wait out the terrible pandemic along with the political firestorm that's happening every day. When humanity is faced with such unreality, nature can sometimes be an antidote.

Blog post and photos © 2020 mae and len sander.


Catalyst said...

I watched a Cooper's Hawk hang unflappable (heh-heh) in a thermal breeze this evening, then later a hummingbird gleefully working over our honeysuckle vine. I love this time of year.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

What a great antidote. I wonder what inspired that sticker? Stay safe 😊

Sherry's Pickings said...

that's so funny. i wonder what they meant? i think birds are very real!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Either you have a far better command of PhotoShop than I have, those birds looked pretty real to me. Loved these.

Political firestorm. A good way to put what is going on in Washington at the White House the moment.

Iris Flavia said...

:-) As I read those not real birds in the yard chirp happily away!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Mae,

We too have plenty of those 'invisible' birds in our garden, as we back onto a lane and copse behind our bungalow. Not quite so many small birds around as we have had in previous years, but plenty of the noisy trouble-makers! We did catch the sound of a woodpecker hammering away, one afternoon last week, but we couldn't catch sight of him in amongst the foliage!

It has been lovely being home to enjoy a garden which is so often pretty much ignored when we are both out all day :)

Stay Safe and wait for the madness to be over :)


Jeanie said...

That's a hoot (no pun intended). I'd love to know the story behind that one!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Mae,
You at least captured some fabulous birds serenading Spring!
Here the birds are very active and loud, their breeding and feeding season I guess.
Yesterday when we biked we heard and saw them.

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

I wonder what that sticker means.

This reminded me a story. A friend of mine thought for years that the swans in a man made lake next to his parents' apartment complex were real. Later he learned that they were fake birds, but very realistic looking, with moving parts. LOL

Anu said...

Hello. Beautiful birds. Stay safe!

eileeninmd said...


The sticker on the stop sign is strange. Are the Pipits a rare bird for the area? The Oriole and Warbler are beauties! Great sightings
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend! Take care and stay safe! PS, thank you for the visit and comment on my blog!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Mockingbird. Blue jay. Cardinal (male and female). Chickadees. Titmice. Woodpecker. A possible oriole? goldfinch? Hummingbirds.

Backyard birds, presumably real, seen during the pandemic.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I so agree with your last statement. Getting out for our hikes has kept us sane! And it's always a bonus to see pretty birds and Spring flowers. Don't know about that sign about birds! Wonder what that means! lol Hugs!

Adam Jones said...

You managed to find some lovely birds, and all real too. :) Great pictures.