A bird’s conception of manners

If birds have no conception of manners, how does it happen that half a dozen Cedar Wax­wings, sitting close together on a limb–which they often do–will pass a cherry along from one to another, down to the end of the line and back again, none of the birds making the slightest attempt to eat even part of the fruit? This little episode has been witnessed and re­ported by more than one thoroughly responsible observer of birds. What does it mean? If not politeness and generosity, then what?

Weekend Open Thread | For the Birds

Reading about Cedar Waxwings in Birds of America (T. Gilbert Pearson, ed., Garden City Books, Garden City, New York, 1936). Writing nothing much, I’m afraid. Thinking about what beautiful descriptions were in the old guides, such as Birds of America. Perhaps more on this later in the day.

Off Topic Followup | Fountain Pen for a Young Person

Marcia’s post about writing implements was fascinating. She’s got quite a collection of fountain pens. Beautiful! We got our grandson his first fountain pen not long ago and he enjoys it. I think this might be it. Not long ago I came across an article at The Imaginative Conservative, “A Christmas Gift to Provoke Young …

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