And now, time for “The Avian Gourmet”

For the bird of refined tastes, a glorious afternoon’s cracker-tasting is one of life’s most sumptuous pleasures. The heady aroma of the wheat, the piquant delight of the perfectly roasted sesame seed — these infuse the soul with inspiration.

Having said this, it must be confessed that the standard concoction of flour and salt possesses a consistency as dry as one’s own Rabelaisian wit. So one must rejuvenate the palate between courses and ready it for the wonders yet to come.

While many of my colleagues are partial to a mild sorbet for this purpose, I prefer going straight to the source: Nature’s bounty, in this case, a succulent strawberry. The juice should not be too tart; we wish to cleanse the palate, not strip-mine it.

Also, an attendant with a napkin is usually advisable at this stage…

“The Avian Gourmet” is brought to you by the generous support of Emilie C. and viewers like you.

You’re gonna need a bigger bird

Pushing the envelope on the whole “birds on backs” theme, Mama Bird re-enacts the famous “evacuation of Saigon” photo from the 70’s.

By Petra Z via Pixdaus.

Thank You For Flying Air Cygnus

Please locate the closest exit under each wing. In the event of a water landing, I am a flotation device.

Spotted by Amy C. (Story and extra photo at the Daily Mail)

Bok, Bok, Bok … Meow?

Ay-yup, when you’re a farmer, ya hafta put in a full day, sunup ta sundown. Ah’m up with the kittens every mornin’. (Sorry ’bout that, meant to say “chickens.”)

Goose Troop

“All right, scouts, stick with your hiking buddy and stay in formation!  (Dear, would you kick Hubert back into line?)  Now, let’s earn those merit badges!  Sound off!

“Peep, two, three, four! … Peep, two, three, four!”

Make way for goslings, Todd C.

A Different-Kind-of-Dog Fight

Well hellooooo, little birdies! Oh, do you see something you like…? Is it this delicious walnut? Too bad the tastiest treat on the planet is jusssst out of reach…

Oh my. OK, I did not foresee this seriously terrifying hopping and pecking. How about we go split-sies?

From overachiever, Marilyn T., via Mail Online

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

According to the BBC, wildlife experts were stunned to witness a rare “divorce” among a pair of swans.  The birds, which normally mate for life, returned to a Gloucestershire wildfowl sanctuary — with different partners. Sanctuary officials hope the birds will resolve their differences on an upcoming Maury Povich.

Photo: Swan Heart by fmc.nikon.d40

Roger Hummingbird, You’re Clear for Take-Off

It seemed Roger flapped a little too hard recently and unfortunately ended up with a broken wing. But never fear – Roger is now clear to hover next to petunias once again, thanks to the professional care of our sender-inner, K-riz.

(And the constant stream of inspirational lyricist, Mr. Mister, didn’t hurt, either.)

Bye-bye, birdie, K-riz.

The Eternal Struggle of Anteater vs. Domino

Our friends the Japanese test a new version of the domino theory:  Which animal will walk through the dominoes without knocking them over?  Will it be the turkey?  The pig?  The coconut/armadillo Transformer?  Click play for the surprising answer!

The Bird Was Disturbed

Kyle was giving his oddly colorless neighbor, Lenny, a lift home after a crazy night at Go-Go-Gecko Lounge, when the sudden realization hit him. Kyle hated himself for thinking it, and he knew his cousins would be disgusted, but there was no denying it:

Lenny tasted like chicken.

kingfisher with frog

We ought to give you a medal, Marilyn T.

Photo by Vaibhav Deshmukh

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