THIS WEEK at I'd Rather B Birdin'
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Sword in the Stone,,,

Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday

Tho for some the Sword in the Stone and The Excalibur are the same, I beg to differ. In legends, the sword in the stone is not the same...Excalibur [the other sword in folklore] was given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake while the sword in the stone fable is just that. But in other versions, King Arthur, to show rightful heir to the throne, must possess the strength and power to release the sword from the stone. You decide. In any case, I found it!! Along the NAS Causeway, I walked under the bridge and found the old upright piers from the previous bridge. As I turned the corner from the underside to view the Gulf waters...I found the SWORD IN THE STONE. Don't you think?  Of course it's just a piece of rusted iron from an old abandoned bridge...but when I first laid eyes on it I thought....

linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday - Nature Notes - Our World Tuesday

Roseate Spoonbills - White Ibis - Laughing Gulls - Avocets
Roseate Spoonbills - White Ibis - Laughing Gulls - Avocets
Roseate Spoonbills - White Ibis - Laughing Gulls - Avocets
Roseate Spoonbills - White Ibis - Laughing Gulls - Avocets
Roseate Spoonbills - White Ibis - Laughing Gulls - Avocets
Great and Snowy Egrets and Mottled Duck
White Ibis
Sandpipers, Tri-Colored Heron - Ruddy Turnstone - Black Skimmer

These of the Spoonbills were taken at Charlie's Pasture Reserve at Port Aransas, Texas. The White Ibis taken at Leonabelle Birding Center, Port Aransas, Texas and the last one at the Causeway on Ocean Drive near the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
SADLY THO, if you look closely at the last image near the top LEFT center, at the sandbar, it looks like the smaller of the Tri-Colored Heron has some trash around its neck!!! PLEASE, dispose of your trash [or volunteer to pick up human refuse while out walking/hiking/biking] in a bag and take it HOME WITH YOU...Most times the trash bins are full to the brim in certain areas and wind and wild animals spread the debris where it becomes a life threatening obstacle for all wildlife!!!

linking to: HODGEPODGE!!

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer? I don't have favorites. This summer, for me, has been a long, hot summer. I'm ready for it to be over!!

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st. What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least? I didn't have many jobs: For four years I was head receptionist at the Chamber of Commerce...then, office supervisor at a High School for four years....then, worked up until I retired at a Co-op Psychiatric Care Unit with several doctors in both the medical field and psychiatric field. And to be honest I loved 'em all!!!

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts? I'm not a parent of K-12 school aged children. Actually I feel sorry for kids having to begin school when it's still 'mid summer'! Way too hot...especially for gym and going out for extra curricular activities. By the way, to answer the first part of this question, school began Monday [August 25th]. My son had his first college class on Monday too. I will begin calling him "Doc".

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'? Something sparkly...for our hummingbirds. I'll show you in #8.

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.' I do a lot of play...

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared? Neither so it'd be thanks but no thanks. The only seafood I really like is Gulf Shrimp...butterflied and deep fat fried.

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'. My rule is don't give up when you stumble - get back on the horse and face the challenge....complete your job. So, guess of Einstein's quote it'd be from discord find harmony.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The other day when Bud and I ended up at Cracker Barrel [restaurant & country store], naturally, we had to wait for a table. I think that is their ploy to get their patrons to shop in their small store area while waiting. Anyway, I spotted something I've never seen before and wanted one. Sorry!! The price they were asking was $14 with tax. Uh...uh. No way. Bud and I agreed we could go to a craft shop and get the materials for half the price. Besides, in our 'come in handy box' of craft goodies at home, we had just about everything we needed except for the wire. Went to Michael's afterwards and bought the wire and I found a large red glass bead for its center to attract the bird. What did I see at Cracker Barrel? A Hummingbird Swing. On the back it stated:
    Hummingbirds are territorial and will use this swing as a perch to watch over their food source. Simply place this swing near hummer feeders and enjoy...
Whimsical, fun, and cute!! This is what we made. Ours is hanging on a hibiscus tree on the patio; just beneath a feeder that is hanging from the eave:

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