Tuesday, March 31, 2009

She wore a raspberry beret...



Deborah at Notes from the Cloud Messenger made a comment on my Redpoll photo yesterday at my other blog and noted that the Redpoll has a beret. I just loved that description. Reminds me of that Prince song.... (do you remember the lyrics .....?)

P.S. Does anyone want to join Dave (from Dave's Birdwatching Blog) and I on our bird handfeeding challenge this summer? Here is Dave's funny comment in reference to my handfeeding the Siskins & Redpolls yesterday in case you missed it :

"Not so fast, Shellmo! Siskins don't count...that's like feeding house sparrows a French fry outside of McDonald's. That being said, I must say, a redpoll in hand with snow in the background...yikes! That may even trump a beautiful bluebird. Consider the challenge accepted, but no points for lame birds. I see our score at 4 to 3-1/2 right now (titmouse, chickadee and redpoll, plus snowy redpoll half point bonus for you...chickadee, bluebird, c wren, and bh nuthatch for me). Game on! :-)"

Personal note to Dave - GAME ON!!!

27 comments:

Kelly said...

...I remember that song from grad school in 1985!
I'd like to try hand feeding a chickadee or a hummingbird. You two are amazing!

BirdingMaine said...

That's a beautiful beret Shelley!

My wife is the hand feeder here. Maybe I can get her into this challenge.

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Beautiful capture of the Redpoll. I hope I see one this year.

The Retired One said...

You guys are WAY out of my league...I am lucky if I can coax them to my deck, much less my HAND.
The only way I get them close is when they hit my window and we go out and coax them back to health. (I will be posting pictures of that on my blog over the next few days, along with some photos)...
But the other exciting thing is that a piliated Woodpecker flew to a tree VERY close to our house yesterday! I ran to get the camera and he was gone by the time I got back. DANG it!

bennie and patsy said...

Shelley look out, he sounds like a real competitor.LOL
Patsy

Mildred said...

I just recently heard that song on the radio. Cute title to your pic today!

Kallen305 said...

HA! I used to love that song. Such a beautiful betet! Love that bird.

NCmountainwoman said...

I think I'll just watch you and Dave duke it out! I'm loving it. Just remember he's got that adorable son to throw in as a ringer! Not sure Marvin can compete.

Bren said...

I am totally going to have that old 80's PRINCE song in my head all day... THANK YOU! But it was worth the look at that photo you shared. Fabulous!!!
Happy Spring to one of my favorite bloggers.

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Mary said...

Love the raspberry beret! Very stylish :-) I think my arm would fall off before any of my birds ever came to eat out of my hand. Will be watching your challenge.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful shot.These little guys are just the cutest.Guess they will soon move on until next winter.
Blessings,Ruth

Montanagirl said...

Great photo of the Redpoll. They're such a cute and pert little birdy.

Deborah Godin said...

Well, muscially I'm kind of stuck in the 60s, so I had to google the song. Out west I used to hand feed chickadees, but not sure I could hand-tame the birds I could with who I have around here now, and the redpolls and siskins have moved on. But if I had a raspberry beret, I'd wear it! Especially if it was Dress Like Your Favorite Bird Day. (I just made that up, but we could start one...)

jalynn01 said...

Oh - the Game is on!! Can't wait to see where this goes. I would demand that all hand feedings be accompanied by a photograph of it! No cheating.. haha Yes, a red beret for sure on that Redpoll.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great GAME, Shelley. Both you and Dave do a GREAT job getting those birdies to eat out of your hands. Don't know when that will ever happen here... Someday maybe!!!!!

That Redpoll does have a beret.. Cute terminology from Deb....

Hugs,
Betsy

ramblingwoods.com said...

Shelley..my friend who is a wildlife rehabber advised me not to do it as the birds might assume that someone else would have food and get hurt because of it because I really wanted to try it as it is very cool. I don't even feed the ducks or geese here for the same reason. I just leave a boot tray with cracked corn and walk away. But it really is so very awesome to have a bird trust you that much..I am really thinking of taking the classes to become a rehabber if my health would hold up...Michelle

The Early Birder said...

I'm in your corner Shelly....so as you say 'Game On'.
Anita just said that the red cap is much brighter than we see on Redpolls over here. Lol FAB

Eve said...

Wow sounds like a fun challenge Shelley and Dave...I wont be able to play tho...I've got too much to do and have to introduce myself to my southern birds yet!

Chris said...

Hi Shelley, Again one of your numerous good pictures of redpoll. Dave challenge seems to be interesting..

nessabates said...

what a pretty bird :)

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

The challenge sounds great! I can only wish to get it on that!
The only part of a bird that I have EVER had on my hand is poop! SPLAT...when I was filling the feeder a few months ago. Many thanks that darling little chickadee by the way.......
Beth

T and S said...

Incredible details of the Redpoll on this image. Fab Shot Shelley.

Jayne said...

LOL at you and Dave! I've only fed a hummer.
Indeed, it does look just like a strawberry beret!

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Shelley, I'm honored! This will be fun!!!

Willard said...

Outstanding!

Carolynn said...

OMG, how beautiful!!

Daisy said...

She looks quite smashing! :D