Dear Frank, writes Tim Thurn, I find it somewhat befuddling that we are almost a week in to your excellent Hooting Yard advent calendar initiative and have not yet been given a picture of a bird to print and cut out and paste with glue to our sheet of cardboard. Given that you are one of the world’s foremost ornithologists, sort of, things have come to a pretty pass, and I know a pretty pass when I see one. (My forthcoming book Pretty Passes I Have Known is the proof of that.) So please get your finger out and give us a picture of a bird to print and cut out and paste with glue to our sheet of cardboard! Yours until the cows come home, Tim Thurn.
I pay due attention to my readers, so for today I have chosen not just a picture of a bird, but a picture of several birds, or rather several painted wooden birds, in the form of these excellent bufflehead decoys from M.A.D. Decoys of Birdsboro, PA.
I too am very excited by this first appearance of birds on my calendar. When, oh when, can I expect a badger?
And soon with something like winter finally arriving I might have some real Buffleheads on the pond in the next day or two. They really are splendid decoys though