If you look back at the images in the last blog, you saw a magpie in the distance under the pear trees. They are a very active part of this mountain valley. They have their beak in everything and are very curious about what we have outside. If they see me with a bag of something that I am emptying, they come and check it over. Last week I put out some pretzel sticks that were stale. There was snow then and they came and looked at them, took a few, but weren't interested in eating them. Now that the snow has thawed the pretzels are still there. They are very unappetizing dough sticks. I don't know if they taste any better but let's go look. I also threw out granola that had been on the shelf for a while. I saw magpies eating something. Here is what I found out. Most all of what I put out there is now gone but for these few pale white pretzels. They have eaten the rest and ,are I think, liking these now. My daughter says that they didn't like the salt. I bet she is right!
Here is a photo of one browsing. You can see what very dramatically patterned birds they are.
As I said above they really like to investigate things. This little replica of a horno, (a mud brick oven) is at the edge of a garden. They have picked it up several times and I find it in all sorts of places. They took it out to the field where the magpie above is looking at the pretzels. Here is a picture of the horno.
I was surprised to find these two pieces of Indian pot sherds on the patio yesterday. They had clearly brought them there. I wonder what that is about? Seems like something but I can't tell you what.
Welcome to Wonder and Image by Claire Brandenburg, author and illustrator of children's books.