Friday, January 23, 2009

Our Feathered Friends

Living in Reston provides all of us with a window to the world of birds. Cardinals, jays, mockingbirds, owls, woodpeckers, and all kinds of smaller and larger birds tantalize us with their presence. If one watches them for long, one feels compelled to know more about them. Where do they nest? How many young do they have? What do they eat? This Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds is a wonderful reference for just these types of questions. It is beautifully and abundantly illustrated, and is cross-referenced for ease of learning. We have it available at Amazon1 for $28. This would be a great Valentine gift for your sweetheart, or consider it an educational tool for a child rather than one more stuffed animal with hearts on it!

In that same vein, the blogger's family is tolerated by a parakeet who lives in our home. She has wormed her way into our hearts by simply being the funny little bird she is. Engaging with her and watching her behaviors is a small window to the world of birds.  Just for fun, here's a little video.  

One of her favorite ways to play with us is to wait until the whole family is at the dinner table. As soon as we're settled down, and often during our prayer at dinner, she very deliberately takes pieces of lettuce from her bath bowl (she likes it that way for some reason and screeches at us if we forget the lettuce). She methodically drops them over the edge to the floor.  As we try to concentrate on prayer we hear steady wet plops. Distracting? Yes. Engaging? Yes. Sacriligious? We don't think so -- she's just a bird!

The Friends board is very interested in your input as to programs, features, member benefits, and anything else you'd like to share with us.
  • What would be an incentive to you to join?
  • What programs would you like to see?
  • As the budget for library programs shrinks, how do you think the Friends group should help?
Let us know your thoughts by clicking here!


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