Ian’s Bird of the Week – Spectacled Antpitta

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Spectacled Antpitta ~ by Ian Montgomery A friend of mine pointed out once that birds that stand upright and have short tails (long ones get in the way) look like little people and are consequently attractive. Penguins are the classic example, but there are plenty others, including the Pittas … Continue reading

Coppersmith Barbet – The Fruit-giver

Coppersmith Barbet – The Fruit-giver ~ by a j mithra The Coppersmith Barbet or Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala) is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in South … Continue reading

Birds in Hymns – Joy To The World

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (Luke 2:10 KJV) Joy To The World Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid, 1719. Music: An­ti­och, ar­ranged by Low­ell Ma­son, 1792-1872 – The ci­ty of An­ti­och, Syr­ia, is where … Continue reading

Turtle Doves Offered

Luke 2:21-24 KJV (21) And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (22) And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to … Continue reading

Holiday Spirit from Dawn’s Bloggy Blog

My friend, Dawn, who writes the Dawn’s Bloggy Blog, posted this and thought you might enjoy it. We met a few years ago at the Birding Festival in Titusville, FL. They travel in a motorhome and she never seems to run out of interesting adventures. These are Cedar Waxwings drinking. A sparrow and an American … Continue reading

Birds In Hymns – Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings?

Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings? We…are come to worship Him. (Matthew 2:2) Words: French car­ol from Bas-Quer­cy; trans­lat­or un­known. Ap­peared in Car­ols Old and Car­ols New, by Charles Lewis Hutch­ins (Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 460. Music: Bas-Quercy Whence Comes This Rush Of Wings? Whence comes this rush of wings afar, Following straight … Continue reading

Ian’s Bird Of The Week – Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Chestnut-mandibled Toucan ~ by Ian Montgomery Newsletter – 12/09/10 I think everybody, birders and non-birders, likes Toucans. They’re one of the iconic, almost cartoonish, animals that were introduced to as young children and I remember Toucans (and Gnus) featuring in posters for Guinness stout in Ireland in the 1950s. … Continue reading