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November 22, 2008

The Curious Bluebird - and a Contest too!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Kay L. who wrote: "

"How about "Peeper". He or she looks like a Peeper to me."

You are the proud owner of a signed 5x7 photograph of "The Mad Bluebird" signed by the photographer Michael L. Smith!  I hope you will frame him and give him a place in your home that will remind you of your blessings in life.

Email me at: [email protected] to claim your prize and thank you so much for entering!

After discussing this with my family and going over all the names that my readers suggested, it was a tough decision, but we all agreed that our bluebird definitely looks like a Peeper and should be appropriately named.

Thank you to all my readers for your hilarious comments and bluebird name suggestions.  Peeper will be back again, I am sure, and I will take more pictures when he visits.  Thank you Kay L. for that very appropriate name - Peeper - as that is exactly what he is (when he looks in my window and when he sings as well).

Yes, this little guy is real.  My friend, Beth, is convinced he is a prop.  No, Beth, he really exists.  He really does try to get in my house on a regular basis. 

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It all started a couple years ago with us hearing him hit the window time after time after time.  The first time I heard this bird hit my window in the family room I thought, "Geez!  I'll bet he's got a serious head injury!"  But then he kept doing it - flying into my window.  It was then that I began to wonder if he was desperate or stupid. 

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It took a few visits, but he finally figured out how to hit the window without knocking himself out and land safely on a perch outside the windows.  So, that is exactly what he does.

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Now, when I hear a bird hitting a window - I say "a" window because he attempts this at numerous windows around my house - then I know it is our bluebird. 

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What's so funny, is that he lets me get right up next to him from the inside and look at him.  He'll look right back at me as if to say "Okay, buster, I dare ya to try to get me."  So we get into a staring match. 

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As soon as I realize it is our bluebird hitting the window,  I grab my camera and start taking his picture - like I did yesterday when I was in the family room doing all that horrible paperwork.  He started banging on the window in the sunroom which is right off of the family room. 

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I knew immediately that it had to be our bluebird, so I grabbed my camera.  I got a few good shots of him.  He just looks at me like I'm crazy.  Actually, I'm convinced he is checking out the progress in this house wondering if it is ever going to be finished.  He is probably wondering "When are these people going to get their act together and have this nest cleaned up and organized?" - "Never, Mr. Bluebird.  It's impossible with this bunch."

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So, there you go.  That's my story and I'm stickin' with it. 

We do, however, have other strange creatures visit from time to time.  How'd you like to to into your bathroom and find this on the toilet seat?

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I kid you not.  This little guy keeps trying to take up residence in our bathroom.

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I'm beginning to feel like Snow White - only this house in the forest has 3 little munchkins, 1 big bear, and 1 Momma bear (that's my mother).  I'm the beautiful princess that all the little creatures come to visit.  And I sing to them.  They just love my operatic voice.


They do, however, like my windows and my toilet seats.


PostScript: Naturalist John Burroughs once said that the Eastern Bluebird is the “bird that carries the sky on its back and the earth on its breast.”

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For those of you who would like to know the real story behind "The Mad Bluebird," click HERE.

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I have to say, though, that my bluebird doesn't look "mad."  He just looks "curious."  Anybody out there care to name my curious bluebird?

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To celebrate this glorious event - I am offering an original signed print of "The Mad Bluebird" to the reader whose name I choose to give my "Curious Bluebird." 




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