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I loved this post. The mixed media painting is brilliant! We have jackdaws in our garden but they as discouraged because they take the moss off the roof, which would be ok if it wasn’t for the fact they take the very old crumbling tiles with it. They are all shapes and sizes too xx

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Poe and Hitchcock damaged the reputation of our feathered companions. You have flown in to restore it... Peace, Maurice

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A beautiful story! And thank you for the shout-out - it's a pleasure to connect with a fellow notebook lover!

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Feb 3·edited Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

I smiled and got teary reading this post and watching Jacko's video. I love him and love your description of his coming into your life and his current relationship with you and the other birds. His practiced nonchalance is heartwarming and would make a wonderful children's picture book. Love your art, too. Win, win, win.

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I marvel at your observations and the delightful character you have drawn for us. Or perhaps drawn out of Jacko. Sad yet defiant. Love the references to the White Feather, and how you beautifully tie this up with the Camelias at the beginning. Wonderful Rebecca!

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Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

Ah! Birds! What a great post, Rebecca. The corvids! Now you're talking! Such smart, comical creatures. ( Both my ebay store and my antique lace reference website are The Rook and The Raven.) Our California hills are rife with ravens, but we rarely see them here at the coast. We are absolutely overrun with huge, fat glossy crows, which are considered pests. Alas, there are no rooks in the US. I once witnessed a rookery - a huge oak tree in Elgin, Scotland swarming with rooks, thousands of them all talking at once. A magical event I will always remember. Your art with black bird and black rain is gorgeous. You are so very talented.

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Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

“Our feathered Sisyphus”!!! Love that. Thanks also for the mention💛

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Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

This is lovely. We had a robin family who came back for three years to nest at the neighbour's house and then educate their young in our backyard. Now it's a family of partridges who nested in the flowerbed at the front of our home and brought what remained of their 19 offspring to winter in the backyard, under the deck.

My sons tease us that we are old, watching the birds. They bring us joy with their antics, songs (the little birds more than the partridges, lol) and their resilience.

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Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

Our blackbirds are just like yours - I adore their song and their presence while my brother hates how they mess up his garden - but your magpies are very different to ours. Ours have a beautiful white collar and lots of black and white and a shorter tail. Such friendly birds, no aggression on their part to others who share the garden and my neighbour’s treats. And as usual, I adore your art. Terrific work. Hugs dear Rebecca. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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I loved this tale of the birds in your garden! I’m still learning the varieties in our different gardens over recent years, and only just learned about jackdaws. I find them quite entertaining (and distracting when I should be writing!). Your story of the white feathered jackdaw is so heartwarming. Thanks for turning your backyard into our entertainment.

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Feb 3·edited Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

What a beautiful post, Rebecca.

Birdlife in the garden is a neverending source of delight, isn't it? Birdfeeders are intrinsic, of course, but your lawn looks as if it would provide fabulous protein for the meat-eaters.

I fill our birdfeeder with birdseed for our native small birds but invariably, the parrots fly in and gobble everything. Anything that falls to the ground is feasted on by native woodpigeons and smaller birds who are swift to fly down and up again.

I have the softest spot for our magpies with their wonderful warble (mouthfuls of marbles come to mind) and have been throwing them dog treats as we walk. The other day, I walked onto the patio and found a maggie on a seat under the silver birch, just eyeing me off. And I swear it's one of the flock of five from our walks who has discovered where we live and thinks it might be a food source. They're very intelligent birds and fun (see https://www.instagram.com/peggyandmolly/?hl=en)

The white feathers of the wars were such a shameful part of history - bullying at its worst - and I think the 'smart' little women who did this should have been called out. I despise bullies!

PS: Rooting for the jackdaw. Go young fella!

PPS: And for the links. As a newbie to journalling, they're perfect!

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Feb 3Liked by Rebecca Holden

What a beautiful post Rebecca, from mixed media painting, to a video of the courageous Jackdaw...what a cutie. I've never seen this type of bird around here...just crows. Thank you so much for sharing and have a lovely weekend. :)

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I love that your attentions gave your friend, Jacko, a way to integrate with the others! That's community, right there! We don't have jackdaws here, but my husband would very much like to have a pet crow.

Look up leucistic jackdaw and see if that fits for your birds. I think so!

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Feb 4Liked by Rebecca Holden

What a wonderful story! I’m glad Jacko found a friend in you - don’t these wonderful unexpected connections have a way of making our hearts richer?💕

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Aw, Jacko seems like quite a special bird! Being different has made him more adaptable and resilient than the average jackdaw (and that's saying something.) Glad to see the little guy getting along so well. I similarly feed a gang of crows (and their assorted feathered companions) that wait for me in the trees outside my front door every morning. They are such characters.

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Feb 4Liked by Rebecca Holden

This was such a lovely post, from the roses to the little dinosaurs!

Firstly, I am watching the wind blow my ornamental grasses, the sun is out for the 2nd day in a row, and it is cold. 30 degrees F. No self respecting rose would dare to bloom! There are no flowers at all blooming. How lovely to have roses in winter!

Secondly, you are so kind to the birds. There are so many squirrels here that it is difficult to feed the birds without the rodents eating the seed. I have purchased “squirrel proof” bird feeders, but the squirrels don’t seem to know that. They still manage to get into the food.

I mostly have blue jays and cardinals and crows in the winter here.

We are warned not to have birdseed out during the months that bears are roaming the streets. So since there seem to be quite a few in central Connecticut I don’t have bird seed out until January.

Oh, loved your mixed media painting!!!

Anyway, thank you for your wonderfully entertaining posts!

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