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Flirting is For the Birds

Male House Finch
Male House Finch

This little fella is quite the flirt. He is every bit as close to me as this photo leads you to believe. He sang and danced for me, flew loop-de-loops and all but climbed in my lap.

OC had to spend some time at his office on Saturday and I trailed along. The college campus is beautiful and visiting there is no hardship. While OC worked, I took my camera and went for a walk. That’s how I met this little fella. I stopped to set up my tripod for a Project Black shot, and when I sat down on the rock wall, he joined me, clearly interested in my every move.

His interest waned somewhat when he discovered that I had nothing good to eat in any of the totes, bags and contraptions I carried. Still, he kept his eye on me — just in case — and scoured the grass at my feet for seeds. After securing my final Project Black photo, I stepped in OC’s office to check in. OC was still peering into a microscope, so I took a cracker — just one — from his lunch and went back outside.

Once again I sat down on the stone wall and took my camera and tripod out. The sparrow came to watch. I offered him a teeny bit of cracker. He came closer. I gave him another bit of cracker. He moved closer. I offered him another bit of cracker. He wouldn’t take it from my fingers, but he came to within an inch of my hand. It was pretty cool.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. THAT is awesome! The shot is cool – the story even better!!! I love birds! They each have a personality all their own. This guy is a little lovey!

  2. That picture is so clear and sharp. Thanks for telling the story about the flirtation of your new friend.

    I, too noticed that everything was moved around. Sort of disoriented me for a second. πŸ™‚

    I totally missed the puny monday thing….and I might have gotten it this time. πŸ™‚

  3. Yes, I am in my summerschool now and we have some 50 ° and no heating because it’s summer (administration of course) on top of it it rains but the photo cours is very nice. We are 300 students of all ages.
    And I found Internet ! Not on the campus but near the station in a cyber café. It’s nice and modern.

  4. Playing with this little guy I bet made for a fun day. Thank you for sharing your adventure. Those little sparrows move around so quick and cute. I always love being around the animals and it is an added blessing when they are brave enough to get close like that.
    By the way, I like how you re-decorated.

  5. Melli — isn’t he just adorable? And thanks. glad you like the face-lift. The other template broke and I finally gave up on fixing it.

    Amber — set your calendar. Every Monday morning you wake, pee, and open my blog! That way you’ll never miss the Punny Monday contest.

    Judi — I don’t think he’s up to carrying your books, but he will certainly lift your spirits!

    Gattina — skipping school already?

    Brian — remember my 1st blog? That was a busy template!

    Jules — I took about 10 photos, but even on the fastest shutter setting, only one came out clear.

  6. ha, house sparrows look the same and act the same the world over! and cheeky little buggers they are… but ours are extremely camera shy… they will come to within an inch but if they see a camera… poof, and they’re gone!
    great capture!

    oh, and i like the new makeover πŸ™‚

  7. Polona — I fell madly in love with the little thing. He is just too cute. I also have fallen madly in love with this template! Did you notice the cool feed widgets that put O’Ceallaigh & The Quill and Bits of Me in Poetry in the sidebar?

  8. Jientje — I am glad you liked the bird.

    Dr. John — they trust me because I have proven to be trustworthy. Funny how that works.

  9. iShare — that’s how I felt about Vegas. I love it here, where birds sing all day right outside my windows.

  10. Wow, that is so cool. As you likely know from my blog, some of my critters are birds. Tomas (a.k.a. Tom Tom) is a budgie… DW is a Ringneck Parrot… and our guest for a few weeks is Rocko, a Patagonian Conure parrot. They are ‘cool’, but to have a wild bird be so friendly and trusting is awesome!!

  11. Too cute. And I loved reading about this lil guy too. And I don’t feel bad for you having to follow OC around. I don’t feel bad for anyone that has to travel around in Hawaii! πŸ™‚

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