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The Pancake Chronicles: if I ever have a bird ...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

if I ever have a bird ...

© Colleen Hilman
... I would have this one.  He is my favourite.  Ever.  He flies south for the winter ... to Yellowknife.  I love him for this alone.  Any ideas from the non-Northerners in the house as to what kind he is?  If you reply correctly you will win the warm, fleeting feeling that comes from knowing something that only a few some do.  Sort of like how I feel right now.  Sort of .... Yup, there it goes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willow ptarmigan!


14 January 2012 at 19:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Albino crow.


14 January 2012 at 19:41  
Blogger ellen said...

I didn't know that there was much real estate NORTH of Yellowknife!
I would guess that it is some kind of ptarmigan. (sp?) He/she is absolutely beautiful.

15 January 2012 at 08:06  
Blogger Colleen said...

Alright, Smarties. You know things I did not know about the north when I did not live here. Nancy? Not fair, ex-Northie! But you are right and Ellen, you are right, too. Ptarmigan it is! Sarah, "albino crow" made my day so you might have the lingering, warm feeling that comes from having made someone's eyes crinkle in the corners from laughing. :)

15 January 2012 at 19:18  
Blogger villagegirl said...

Oh want one too!
I like the albino crow. I would have had no idea what to call him except plump and lovely. :)

15 January 2012 at 23:08  
Blogger Colleen said...

Plump and lovely, indeed! You would ADORE them, villagegirl. They usually travel in groups and walk everywhere rather than fly. And they make this little warbly, squeaky sound. It's ridiculous how cute they can be!

16 January 2012 at 19:14  
Blogger Nan said...

Adorable, sweet bird. I would have guessed a dove.

17 January 2012 at 13:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a Ptarmy sitting on our Tv cabinet (ceramic not stuffed!!) and when I worked at JTFN we would always watch them out the window and laugh. (Yes we wasted a lot of time!!). And we still call them puh-tarmigans :) it was a sort of French joke since in French you always pronounce the p. As in les pneus and psycologie! I still find it funny :) but that's just me ;)

They are so fat with tiny heads. Dont you just want to pinch their .... Thighs?? Hahahaha

XO Kel

18 January 2012 at 00:15  
Blogger Colleen said...

Nan - you would DIE if you saw them. In flocks they are so sweet you can hardly stand it. I can see the dove in him - his face.

Kel - Puhtarmigans - that's great! Which reminds me that Mark and I always say Buff-uh-malo! everytime we see them on the highway out of town. It references an old episode of The Simpsons. So yeah, we waste a lot of time, too. :)

19 January 2012 at 13:08  

any questions?

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