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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nature Visits

I'm lying in bed, listening to the birds chirping, and thinking I mus be imagining things... because it really sounds like the chirping is coming from inside our apartment.

Eventually, I am compelled to get up and check it out.

Lo and behold, there was a beautiful, black, with a bit of a rainbow tint, humming bird Palestine Sunbird(tzufit eretz yisraelit), perched on our living room light fixture.

I should have taken a picture.

Instead, I chased the bird out of the window.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Robin said...

That is so cool!

If it were me I'd probably have run for the camera, scaring the poor thing and causing him to dash wildly around the house for the next hour, unable to collect his wits and find his way out and pooping all over my living room!

tafka pp said...

Can you send him over to me next time he pops in to cheer you up? They're doing major roadworks through the night near our house. Literally, sounds like a war.

toby said...

Yeah, I think I would have acted similarly to Robin. How cool for you to have had such a unique guest!

Rahel Jaskow said...

How cool! Your chirping visitor was a tzufit eretz yisraelit -- the Palestine sunbird, in English (probably named before the state was established).

They're fascinating birds. You can read more about them
here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine_Sunbird. More photos here: http://www.birdingisrael.com/birdNews/inFocus/psb/index.htm, on the Kibbutz Lotan birding website.

Staying Afloat said...

I love birds when they are outside, but inside birds scare me. They're unpredictable and there's not always an easy way to get them to leave.

I was once in a hotel dining room by Yam Hamelach, and I came back from the buffet to find a bird eating my dessert. It's a family joke now, but it still gives me the shivers.
Inside- people and animals we have trained or contained. Outside- other living things...

RivkA with a capital A said...

Robin -- I really wanted to get my camera! Unfortunatley, my camera was in a cabinet in between the bird and the window. I was afraid that I would scare the bird and he would fly even further into my home... and poop all over the place.

Tafka PP -- Such a little bird can't compete with bulldozers!

Toby -- yeah, it was definitely cool. It would have been cooler if I wasn't afraid of him pooping in my home.

Rahel -- wow, thanks for the links! I think that is the bird. How did you know?? (I corrected my post)

Staying Afloat -- I actually tried waving my arms to get it to fly out the window, but the stupid bird just kept flying up into the ceiling. Finally, I got a broom... and the bird flew out the window.

Rahel Jaskow said...

I love those birds -- even though they can be quite aggressive at times -- and found out what they were. I keep trying to get a good photo of them, but it's nearly impossible to do it without a strong zoom lens.

RivkA with a capital A said...

Rahel -- too bad I did not know. It was right there in front of me; less than 2 meters away.

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

That. is. crazy. LOL

Unknown said...


The state was established over 2,000 years ago; I think you meant re-established.

We had a bird (not that kind) in our place when we were in Israel for the Bar Mitzvah. I had to force him out the window--I didn't see him fly away; I'm thinking the balcony might have been a better way to let him go on his own terms.


RivkA with a capital A said...

Dave -- I am not sure you can call our autonomous rule during the times of the first or second Temple a "state."

The idea of a nation state is really from modern times (from the French Englightenment).

Maya / מיה said...

Hey, I managed to take a (lousy) picture of this kind of bird just the other day... they're really beautiful!


RivkA with a capital A said...

Maya -- thanks for visiting my blog, and for the link to the picture!

The bird is so beautiful!

I realize a picture of the black rainbow feathers against my stark white ceiling would have been phenomenal!

oh, well!