Wednesday, July 19, 2006

King Eider Video, Bird Audio clips

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.~ Henry David Thoreau

The name of this bird is the Western Meadowlark. I love this bird! It is common where I live. Years ago when I lived on the farm, one of these beautiful birds used to visit me and sing every morning while I fed my horses their grain. Toss away those ear mops and ipods. When Joe was little my eldest son went through his rap music period. I made him wear headphones to listen to it. Joe called the headphones ear mops and I still call them that. The sounds of nature are wonderful. Click on the link below to listen to a 2 second. Yes, I said second. A two second sound bite from this wonderful bird. After you listen to the meadowlark use your back arrow to return to this page.

I am just surfing around and I found some things to share. Get your clicker finger ready. I am going to direct you to a few interesting places. Sit back and enjoy. First you will view a short video of a King Eider resting and preening. This little clip is just ducky! I love the little tail wag at the end of the video. Turn your volume up I think i can hear him make a cute noise with the tail wag like wooohoo! It is only a 2 minute video it is worth the click.

Of course it is a two minute video if you watch it once. My daughter is wanting to watch this character over and over and over. There is a part of the video where he takes a foot out of the water. I thought it looked like he was waving. I told Jaycee he is waving and she said, "No Mamma he is shivering!" She is laghing and laughing as she watches the video. I may have to place a shortcut on my desktop.

Click on the link below to watch and listen to this cheeky ducky. After you watch the duck, click the back arrow on your explorer bar to return to this web page.

This video is ten seconds, if you only watch it once, tee hee. Click the link to watch and listen to a Great Reed Warbler.

This little birdie can sing. I loved this ten second video of the Common Chiffchaff.
This next link is a ten second video of the Canary Islands Chiffchaff.

Drum roll. For the final two videos these are Puffins. They are a sea bird and only land to lay and egg and nurture their young for 21-39 days. They spend their life at sea. A few of them were tagged and tracked and they did not come back to land for 3 years! Jaycee really likes this one. She said the birds are kissing.
And in this final link music was added to the video and it is tastefully done.

That is all I have for today. If you have not had enough then the link below will direct you to the site where you can watch 10 second videos of many other birds. *waves



Blogger Bill said...

Those are some pretty cool pics you've got. I wish I had the patience to try and photograph local wild life. Currently, that would include geckos, Habu snakes, and banana spiders!

July 19, 2006 5:05 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Thats just neat. I learned a lot! I feed the birds here, for htte amusement of the kids and cats (they ae inside), but I don't know how to indentify most of them.

My kids wanted to save some links I showed them, so I created each kid a pull-down menu of their own. Now each get upset if the other uses her menu!

July 19, 2006 5:35 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I could listen to the Meadow Lark. That is the Nebraska state bird. But I had trouble with the others. I'll try again. Thanks for a neat post!!

July 19, 2006 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That was great!! I loved the opening quote, too.

July 19, 2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Thought I'd seen the end of the western meadowlark when we moved from Iowa to Colorado. Nawp. They adorn the field behind my apartment.

July 19, 2006 8:05 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Well that was just great! I enjoyed all these birds! You had some colorful ones there and some great singers too.

Thanks Raggedy!!

July 19, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

This is great. I'm a major bird fan. I wrote many many posts about bird flu, about which I am still moderately worried. I did a blog about Birds on Wires (

and another one called The Bird Flew. But Blogger deleted The Bird Flew, why I still don't know,and then someone stole the blog address. Sigh.

Thanks for the nice post. It was tweet . . . uh, sweet.

July 19, 2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

ps, how did your blog get to be worth so much, and could you sell it????

July 19, 2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderful way to start the day for me! Thanks so much Raggedy!

July 19, 2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Right now I'm wishing my mom had a computer because she'd love these!

I also loved your post about your Raggedy Ann doll. I have memories of my own Raggedy dolls (I had an Andy, too!) that were handmade and given to me by my stepbrother for my 14th birthday :)

Have a great day!!

July 19, 2006 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is very little that can make my day like a visit from our adopted Chickadee family over morning coffee on the deck. Birds are such incredible creatures.

And Ralph Waldo Emerson? My hero.

July 19, 2006 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How precious and beautiful. I love birds.

July 19, 2006 9:52 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I have seen several bright red cardinals here, and I just love them. We don't have those in CA, so that is one thing I've really like about living here in AR.
My dad is really into birds and can recognize many of their songs.
That Western Meadowlark surely does have a pretty song.
My hubby thinks that bird songs are annoying. He hates to hear them in the morning hours. I don't even notice them while I'm sleeping. I guess I'm too sound a sleeper for them to wake me up. :)

July 19, 2006 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how very cool. I'll have some fun with the grandtyke with this post. Thanks.

July 20, 2006 12:49 AM  
Blogger Trucker Bob said...

You were "hoeing" in a little you mean...uh, never mind!

July 20, 2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I enjoyed this post. My love of animals is probably the main reason I got a biology degree.

July 20, 2006 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey what a great site keep up the work its excellent.

July 20, 2006 2:59 PM  

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