Birds Returning, Returning Birds

blue wrens
Superb fairy-wrens (aka blue wrens and superb blue-wrens)

These blue wrens are visiting the mirrored small window beside the front door at my mother’s house, in the country.

Normally they flit around all parts of the house, but at this time of year they get very excited by their reflections in the window, and spend all day there.

The blue one has only just turned blue, and as for the brown one, we don’t know whether it is a female or a younger male getting very excited and territorial at the sight of himself.

Whatever is going on, it is very entertaining. They squeak and fluster at themselves and each other, and constantly hop over each other.

Which makes it difficult to photograph them—as soon as I focus the digital camera they hop, and then I get a blur of feathers.



With the one-way window I can get right up close—I can see them but they can’t see me!

brown wren.


They are there from dawn to dusk, and I have been seeing them because I have been at Mum’s house a fair bit lately.

I am going back up there tomorrow for another week or so (it’s about a 2 hour drive away). No doubt I won’t be able to resist taking a few more photos of blue wrens.

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return-bird-tribesHave you read Return of the Bird Tribes, by Ken Carey? I love this book.

It is one of those books that move you into a higher space when you read it—it has stories illustrating Native American spirituality and shows clearly that we are much more than beings designed to live a relatively short life that has a less-than-glorious end.

Here’s a couple of recommendations:

“A stunning, shimmering, joyful experience”
Wayne Dyer

“A profound and thought-provoking account of many enlightened connections… Let’s hope that it will enlighten many and help thousands to plant a tree of love, peace and understanding”
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Whether or not you consider yourself to be interested in “spiritual” matters, I think this book could speak to you, as long as you can find the time to sink into it.

To those of you who know you are definitely into things spiritual, and perhaps wonder at how one can reconcile physical immortality with knowing we are “more than just this body”, this is a book I would highly recommend.

If you would like to know more, a look through the reviews on the book’s Amazon page, here, could help you out.

Happy flying! – Robin (psst – comments are WELCOME)

20 thoughts on “Birds Returning, Returning Birds

  1. Tom Volkar / Delightful Work

    Hi Robin, I wonder if your Wrens are like our Cardinals? In the Spring they freak out like that because they believe their reflection is another Cardinal threatening their nest. Last year I had to put up crayon drawings of crows all over my sliding glass door so they would not attack their reflection and kill themselves. Perhaps your guys are more laid back. 🙂

    Love Native American stuff usually. I’ll put it on the list.
    .-= Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog ..Ripening Bliss =-.

  2. Davina

    Hi Robin. I LOVE birds and these pictures are terrific. I’m jealous that you get to be real close to them and they can’t see you. Those blurry shots are interesting nevertheless; very abstract. I once put gloves on and caught a baby starlit jay when it got trapped on my balcony. It’s poor little heart was beating a mile a minute. I wished I could have made it understand that I wasn’t going to hurt it. At any rate, I let it go and it flew away happily.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Social Media? Go Ahead, Fly Your Freak Flag =-.

  3. Dot

    Very cute little guys! I like the “action shots” with the blur of movement. I love birds anyway, and it’s so nice you can get up close to them. I agree with Tom that they’re probably thinking they see another bird challenging their territory. My dogs certainly seemed to react that way to mirrors.

    Adding that book to my list. It sounds interesting.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Auntie Meme by Dot =-.

  4. Jeanne

    Great pics, Robin — makes me want a mirrored window! And the book recommendation? How fortuitous, since in four short weeks I’ll be heading out with my daughter for a six-month rv trip exploring the southwest. I’m no authority on American Indian Spirituality but what I’ve read I really connect to. I just ordered the book, thanks for sharing!

  5. Tess The Bold Life

    Such cool photos…a moment in time. If we’re not present we’ll miss them… thanks for sharing they made me smile. I’ve not read one of Ken Carey’s books in a long time. Looks good!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Did You Know? =-.

  6. Patricia

    I love watching birds and your pictures are great.
    I have not read anything by Ken Carey so added to my list

    For some reason, very small finches are all over my old apple tree this week – maybe traveling south, but I have never seen this gray toned bird before. Maybe 50 in the tree at a time and at the feeder.
    I did not like that they left there mark on all the clean towels on the line and I had to wash them all again.
    Enjoy your visit.
    Eliza has an interesting post about mother’s and daughters on silver and grace…did you see it?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Sand In the City 2009 =-.

  7. Robin

    @Tom – Good Heavens – you had to go to a lot of trouble!
    @Davina – thanks D – I know what you mean about wanting to reassure them – we rescued a lorikeet that slammed into the house (they fly like maniacs), and felt the same.
    @Dot – thanks about the action shots! Yes – it would definitely be a territorial thing – so therefore not sure whether the brown one is a male or female (we don’t know whether they are flirting or fighting).
    @Marelisa – It is excellent – Christmas is coming? SURELY not! (heh)
    @Jeanne – yes the mirrored window was in the house when we bought it – we woudn’t have thought of putting one there. Glad you bought the book! – it has been the only Native American thing I have read – it is a bit different!
    @Tess – thanks Tess – that’s a good way of looking at it. You would especially enjoy it if you have read Starseed, I think
    @Patricia – Well it must be interesting to have a new type of bird to observe, and not so interesting to have to wash all the towels again! Thanks about the pics!

  8. Evita

    Oh Robin the birds are so cute! I love photography of nature myself so I always have a soft spot for all the creatures of the Earth, especially these little feathered ones 🙂

    The book sounds like something I would very much be into! You know though, thanks to so much amazing material out there coming through and from so many places, I wonder if there will ever be a day where I have nothing to read and I actually seek out a new book. So far, so much amazing material has just been literally “falling into my lap”.

    And I am very grateful for that – always.

  9. Robin

    @Evita – Hi Evita – aren’t they! I’m now back at Mum’s and I’ve hardly seen them – just as well I took the photos when I did. There are SO many tantalising books, aren’t there?
    @Vered – thanks! – they are! – they are tiny, you know.
    @Mark – hi there Mark – it certainly is.
    @Chris – have you read some of his others?
    @Evelyn – it “came” to me. They are so cute!
    @Mike – Frank and I don’t watch TV at all, and we often sit outside and watch the birds, clouds, bats and possums (and trucks and buses) – and we ask “who needs TV?”

  10. Jannie Funster

    I’m sold! Would love to read it.

    I too actually like the blurry bird photos, gives the idea of their quick motion. In the first shot it appears the darker bird is scolding the other, saying “Don’t be a-messing with MY turf, buddy-boy or you’ll get an eyeful of beak!” Oitch. 🙂
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Post-Vacation Contemplation =-.

  11. Barbara Swafford

    Hi Robin,

    Great photos. Like you, I also enjoy bird watching.

    I have a bird feeder outside my office window and love watching them. They seem to have a “pecking order”. I’m always trying to figure out “who’s the boss”. 🙂
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..It’s About Time =-.

  12. Frank

    Hi Darling,
    Love the pictures, Birds are my favorite as you know, stunning, they fly, walk, swim, and make the most amazing sounds from such a small body.
    The one way glass @ your mums is a real bonus.

  13. Robin

    @Jannie – Jannie, you are back! Yeah – we think they are competing, not flirting. Sigh.
    @Barbara – hi Barbara – do you think there is a pecking order of bloggers?
    @Mama Zen – thank you!
    @Frank – hi darling – missing you – I’ll be home in a few days

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