Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Click to go to Audubon Society of Omaha Home Page Audubon Society of OmahaEastern Bluebird

Welcome to The Bluebird Box since 1995
Best of Bluebird Mailing Lists Classified

Music/Poems/Movies/Videos about Bluebirds (Part 1)

Also see Videos Related to Bluebirding


Subj: Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
Date: 7/22/99 9:57:41 PM Central Daylight Time
From: p.vanduser"at"worldnet.att.net (Peter Van Duser)

I have known the personal test
of daring to touch the cheek and breast
of a wild flying thing at rest
upon her eggs in a cozy nest.

A bluebird, a titmouse, a tiny chickadee
all feathered mothers are so dear to see
I talk to her as I near the cavity
and wonder what she will share with me

Sometimes the sadness of newborns that die
sometimes the joy of a nestling's small cry
sometimes the glint in a half open eye
and maybe, just maybe, a fledgling that reaches the sky.

In a quiet place where souls are at rest
a heaviness oft wells up in my chest
then over the grave soars a flashy blue guest
who softens my sorrow and gives life a new zest.

Gonna find me a bluebird....

To all of you from me and with thanks to Doc G.

Good bluebirding, Pete


Subj: Why I Share My Knowledge Freely
Date: 7/27/99 6:23:54 AM Central Daylight Time
From: firefrost2"at"earthlink.net (Fread Loane)

It lies within the rarest of all my earthly treasures, a hurriedly scratched note thanking me for an educational outing along my nestbox trail. The depth and breadth of these four lines approaches astronomical:

DREAMS

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.


Fread J. Loane
Tulsa, OK


Subj: Re Your bluebirds are not your bluebirds
Date: 9/2/99 9:47:44 AM Central Daylight Time
From: RWil2654"at"aol.com

Bob Wilson
2654 Sperber Lane
Grand Junction, CO 81506
39.06.13 N 108.33.38 W
(970) 242-5190

I am always so sad when the bluebirds leave the nest, much like I was when my children left home. I adapted this little verse from Kahlil Gibran's book The Prophet I do hope his spirit doesn't mind.


Your bluebirds are not your bluebirds.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your aspirations,
For they have their own predetermination.
You may House their bodies but not their spirit,
For their spirit dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not
even in your dreams.
For life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bow from, which your bluebirds as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer see the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with
His might that His bluebirds may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the bluebird that flies, so He loves also the monitor
that is stable


Subj: Fwd: Pome
Date: 9/21/99 7:41:17 PM Central Daylight Time
From: dsheldonjr"at"hotmail.com (dean sheldon)

From: "Bruce Burdett"
To: "Dean Sheldon"
Subject: Pome
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 16:12:32 -0400

"THE EABL EATS"

The mewo is a tasty worm.
I like it.
It has a glabrous epiderm.
I like it.
I peck it 'til it's good and dead,
And pulp it up, and smash its head,
Then feed my chicks and go to bed.
I like it.

- B. Burdett, Poet Laureate of Sunapee NH


Subj: Another Season
Date: 12/31/99 11:40:49 AM Central Standard Time
From: mrsimple"at"earthlink.net (Wendell Long)

The Bluebird Season
by Wendell Long

Why do I live another season?
Easy!
The Bluebird whispered the reason!
It is no secret--I could tell you.
But, He said, you already knew!

Wendell Long
12/31/99
Subj: Bluebird lyrics
Date: 1/7/00 11:31:47 PM Central Standard Time
From: hpandtl"at"crocker.com (Haleya Priest/Thom Levy)

Haleya Priest Amherst MA

Heard a Willie Nelson (?) remake of a song tonight called "Blue Skies" that has a super line in it about having bluebirds and blue skies and sunshine all day. Anyone know the words and can post them? This might be a project for our main man in no other place than Sunapee. And I sure hope someone is keeping a file of all the bluebird songs known. If not, I would be happy to collect and be the keeper. Just send them in and I will tuck them safely away - and send them out to whomever, whenever - of course, if no one else is doing this. And if you are, please let us know!!!!!! H


Subj: Newbie - Music at NABS 2000
Date: 1/8/00 9:50:31 AM Central Standard Time
From: joandick"at"aeroinc.net (joan and dick harmet)

Hi everyone - I've been reading your notes for several months now -- even starting a few files as certain topics (such as education) got a really good coverage. Thanks for all the expertise. But it was bluebird music that finally got me going here.

I'm Joan Harmet, NABS board member, founder of our local BB program, and chairman of NABS 2000, being held in Galena, IL from June 22-25, 2000. You can check out the annual convention on the NABS website and download the registration form. It's all there, thanks to Arlene Ripley. I will so enjoy meeting you all there.

On Sunday. June 25 we will hold a special session called Bluebird Collectible Roadshow. The discussion will include BB sheet music. How do I know that?,, because I collect BB sheet music and have a collection to show. BB's were very popular images in song lyrics in the early 20th century.

I don't have "Blue Skies" but will be on the lookout for it -- and would consider buying it from anyone who does have a copy in good shape.

I live in the countryside, near Galena and Elizabeth,Il. It's called the Tri-state area because we so closely border Iowa and Wisconsin. Anyway, we had 11 bluebirds on the Christmas count last week.

Joan Harmet
Elizabeth,IL


Subj: Re: Bluebird lyrics
Date: 1/8/00 2:59:46 PM Central Standard Time
From: JaneHopeC"at"aol.com

Haleya, and anyone else interested in bluebird songs

It's a great idea to keep a file of all the bluebird songs. The only one I know is the old favorite White Cliffs of Dover - "there'll be bluebirds over etc." My husband and I have always wondered why it says this since there are no bluebirds in England which is where the White Cliffs of Dover are! I would be interested to know if anyone has any ideas about this. All we can think of is that the song is about an idealistic future when WWII is over and everything will be wonderful again. And of course having bluebirds would be part of a wonderful world.

I assume you probably have the lyrics to this song already but if not let me know and I will send them to you.

Jane
Pound Ridge, NY


Subj: Thanks for bb lyrics
Date: 1/8/00 3:13:55 PM Central Standard Time
From: hpandtl"at"crocker.com (Haleya Priest/Thom Levy)

Haleya Priest, Amherst MA
Thanks for the URL - Here's a copy of Blue Skies if anyone is interested.


BLUE SKIES
Written by Irving Berlin
(As performed by Willie Nelson)

Blue skies smilin' at me
Nothin' but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin' a song
Nothin' but blue skies from now on

I never saw the sun shinin' so bright
Never saw things goin' so right
Noticin' the days hurryin' by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Bye, blue days, all of them gone
Nothin' but blue skies from now on

Blue skies smilin' at me
Nothin' but blue skies do I see
Blue days, all of them gone
Nothin' but blue skies from now on

(Repeat last verse 2 times)

* from "Stardust"

© Williamson Music Co. (ASCAP)


Subj: FW: " More Bluebird Lyrics"
Date: 1/8/00 9:21:28 PM Central Standard Time
From: faustcatfish"at"earthlink.net (Fausto Beretta)

From: "Fausto Beretta"
Subject: " More Bluebird Lyrics"
Date: Sat, Jan 8, 2000, 10:11 PM


Hi Folks, For those of you that enjoy Bluebird related lyrics, Paul McCartney did a song entitled "Bluebird", which can be found on his " Band on the Run" album. For the lyrics ,check out http://www.macca-central.com/albums/BandontheRun/#blue Fausto at Newburgh, N.Y ( near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point).


Subj: FW: "Bluebird Nursery Rhyme"
Date: 1/10/00 11:48:50 AM Central Standard Time
From: faustcatfish"at"earthlink.net (Fausto Beretta)
From: "Fausto Beretta"
Subject: "Bluebird Nursery Rhyme"
Date: Mon, Jan 10, 2000, 12:37 PM


Hi Folks, I found on the web a Bluebird nursery rhyme that you may like to teach to your young children, or grandchildren. You may find it at
http://cnet.unb.ca/achn/kodaly/koteach/resources/bluebird.html Fausto
, Newburgh, N.Y.


Subj: RE: Your Bluebirds Are Not Your's
Date: 1/14/00 11:02:46 AM Central Standard Time
From: RWil2654"at"aol.com

We are having a heat wave in Colorado should be 55* today.
We spend a lot of time on the list worrying about a lot of thing that out of our hands. Our job (passion) is to provide safe, dry homes to cavity nesting birds. Here in Colorado a lot of folks worry about wild game in deep snow and cold temperatures. They feed them and this cause more problems than it solves. Did you ever see a (native) meal worm in your yard in the dead of winter? Water is the most important thing we can furnish for our friends during cold times. Natural selection is still the primary means of survival any specie.

One thing I would like for us to do is tell the box stores to stop sell bird seed with millet. This seems to attract hosp (I refuse to capitalize) more than other mixes.

I asked the new owner of Wild Birds Unlimited to stop feeding the hosp in front of his store. If he doesn't I will stop buying from him and let him know why.

What I really started out to do was resubmit a little thing I plagiarized last year. Some many people are new to the list maybe they have not seen this.

I am always so sad when the bluebirds leave the nest much like I was when my children left home. I adapted this little verse from Kahlil Gibran's book The Prophet I do hope his spirit doesn't mind.


Your bluebirds are not your bluebirds.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your aspirations,
For they have their own predetermination.
You may House their bodies but not their spirit,
For their spirit dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not
even in your dreams.
For life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bow from, which your bluebirds as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer see the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with
His might that His bluebirds may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the bluebird that flies, so He loves also the monitor
that is stable


Bob Wilson
2654 Sperber Lane
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 242-5190
39* 06.21N
108*33.61 W
4,635 elevation
http://www.crosswinds.net/~bluebirdbob/
http://www.dnr.state.co.us/wildlife/volunteer/bluebirdproject.htm

Subj: Attn: Bird Photographers and all other Humans.
Date: 1/14/00 4:32:57 PM Central Standard Time
From: mrsimple"at"earthlink.net (Wendell Long)

Greetings all Saint, Sinner, Friends, Critics, Bird Photographers and Bluebirders in Arms!

Ok, I did what you told me to do with my little bird photography web site and increased the size of the photographs and added two pages for a total of 18 photographs, the last one on page 3 is ZNUT himself(that is I) at play with his big gun. Ok, so I am age 67 what did you expect some young James Dean or Brad Paisley--come on I'm lucky to be standing, much less handsome. But, take a look at that sexy hat! ;-)

Please, I beg of you, just one more look and let me know if I got it right this time!!! You people are so hard to please! Your prize is that you get to see me. Know you are thrilled to death!

Thanks again for your many good suggestions and comments that helped me to improve my beginning web site. Your giving of your time is the greatest of
anything you could have given me and I am grateful more than you can know!

For you who have learned the fun and joy of bluebird photography and sent me your beautiful photographs, what can I say but you take some lousy pictures. NO NO stop I just say that to keep from crying over your kindness. They were beautiful!

This is such a great list. Almost as good as Trivial Madness?

Now and then a few good people disagree and don't feel good about themselves or each other. But that turns out to be temporary, as everything, including life. So I forego a sermon and simply ask for you who are now upset and angry about personal attacks or insults to take a short walk down the forgivness path and warm your soul for most of us know not what we do for sure.

The Bluebird stopped by
When I was alone and blue
He sang his song ending
with a "Hi, how you?"

Now that he was here
I held back a tear
'Cause I dare not
let him know
That I miss him so

So he told me chin up
And "don't make war
with your brothers in arms"
For he will return soon
And when he comes back
The fuss'en will feel
as if we had lost track.

He sailed off down the road
I snapped his pic as he flew
The image of a blue glider
And it was then I knew
I captured a moment in time
That would not return soon
for he had gone for now
But, so had my feeling of blue!
by
Wendell Long

----------------
Enjoy his flight.
His photo sailing away is the last one on page 2 at my revised site.

http://home.earthlink.net/~mrsimple


Subj: Music quiz
Date: 1/22/00 7:59:33 PM Central Standard Time
From: springer"at"alltel.net (Gary Springer)

Does anyone know who what rock group sang this song?

Voices in the sky,
Bluebirds flying high.

Tell me what you're saying.
If you could talk to me, what news would you bring of voices in the sky?

Nightingale hovers high
Harmonize the wind.

Darkness is your symphony,
I can hear you sing of voices in the sky.


Subj: Springer Rocks
Date: 1/22/00 11:27:18 PM Central Standard Time
From: mrsimple"at"earthlink.net (Wendell Long)

Gary....Moody Blues


Subj: Re: Springer Rocks -- And Wendell Rolls
Date: 1/23/00 7:15:22 AM Central Standard Time
From: jabbest"at"dreamscape.com (Brenda and/or John Best)

From the album, In Search Of The Lost Chord, 1968
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----
Voices In The Sky
(Justin Hayward)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----

Bluebird, flying high
Tell me what you sing
If you could talk to me
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky

Nightingale, hovering high
Harmonize the wind
Darkness, your symphony
I can hear you sing
Of voices in the sky

Just what is happening to me
I lie awake with the sound of the sea
Calling to me

Old man, passing by
Tell me what you sing
Though your voice be faint
I am listening
Voices in the sky

Children with a skipping rope
Tell me what you sing
Play time is nearly gone
The bell's about to ring
Voices in the sky

Just what is happening to me
I lie awake with the sound of the sea
Calling to me

Bluebird, flying high
Tell me what you sing
If you could talk to me
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky
Voices in the sky
Voices in the sky
Voices in the sky

----------------------------

Brenda

--
Brenda Best
Durhamville, NY
jabbest"at"dreamscape.com

The Nature Club of Central New York
http://natureclubofcny.8m.com/



Subj: FRUITS/BERRIES
Date: 1/26/00 3:13:23 PM Central Standard Time
From: dsheldonjr"at"hotmail.com (dean sheldon)

It has always been my understanding that the fruit/berry most favored by EABL is that of Poison Ivy and I have seen them feasting on this food on huge vines in the woods in northern Ohio...and also on fences and in thickets where it has grown rampant as it has clambered over other shrubs and downed trees. Common Privet is another favorite as is the fruit of Eastern Red Cedar. Ornamental crabapples with small fruit would also meet their requirements. Highbush Cranberry Viburnum [trilobum] certainly LOOKS inviting, but EUST, Robins and Cedar Waxwings seem most interested in them...but usually only in the spring. Carroll Henderson in MN has a volume published on backyard landscaping for wildlife which, I think, covers this subject very well. We need help from Dorene Scriven on the availability of that publication. I believe that the BBRP [Bluebird Recovery Program in Mpls distributes his publications] Dean Sheldon, Huron County, OH/NABS Board
Subj: Fwd: Bluebird of Happiness Song
Date: 1/28/00 2:53:18 PM Central Standard Time
From: JaneHopeC"at"aol.com

Jane,

You have the correct last name (maiden/married) as HOPE this is what you want to know about the Ron Kingston Charlottesville VA
North American Bluebird Society Speakers' Bureau Chairman
kingston"at"cstone.netBluebird Song.

I have the Sheet Music so here goes:

From: Priscilla, wife of Ron

Ron Kingston Charlottesville VA
North American Bluebird Society Speakers' Bureau Chairman
kingston"at"cstone.netRon Kingston Charlottesville VA
North American Bluebird Society Speakers' Bureau Chairman
kingston"at"cstone.net

Blue Bird of Happiness: (The way the title is written on music sheet)

- Original words by: Edward Heyman
- Additional words by: Harry Parr Davies
- Music by: Sandor Harmati
- Published by: T. B. Harms Company, NY
- Copyright: 1934 by Radio City Music Hall, NY
- Copyright again: 1940 by T. B. Harms Company, NY
- International copyright : secured, all rights reserved

ANY ARRANGEMENT OR ADAPTATION OF THIS COMPOSITION WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE
OWNER IS AN INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT.


The beggar man and the mighty king are only different in name,
For they are treated just the same by fate.
Today a smile and tomorrow tears,
Were's never sure what's in store,
So learn your lesson before too late, so

Refrain (Chorus):
Part 1:
Be like I, Hold your head up high
Till you find a Blue bird of Happiness
You will find greater peace of mind
knowing there's a Blue bird of Happiness
And when he sings to you
Though you're deep in blue
You will see a ray of light creep through and so remember this
Life is no abyss
Somewhere there's a Blue bird of Happiness.

Part 2:
Life is sweet, Tender and complete
When you find the Blue bird of Happiness
You will find perfect peace of mind
When you find the Blue bird of Happiness
Two hearts that beat as one
'Neath a new found sun
We are in a world that just begun,
and you must sing his song,
As you go along
When you find the Blue bird of Happiness.

AND ... How about

' The White Cliffs of Dover ' song ?

The Chorus has Bluebirds in it :

There'll be Bluebirds over THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER
Tomorrow, just you wait and see ...

Enough for now. Want to watch the President on T.V. tonight give his
State of the Union Message.

Cheers

-----Original Message-----
From: JaneHopeC"at"aol.com
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: Bluebird of Happiness Song


Hi Jim

The Bluebird of Happiness was sung by various famous tenors, Jan Peerce, John
Charles Thomas and I think John McCormack. I don't know who wrote it but if
you go to everycd.com and search the title or Jan Peerce you will find
recordings of it and can hear a bit played from a Jan Peerce CD. I know it's
a very old song. Haleya Priest also knows it and may know who wrote it and
when.

Jane, Pound Ridge NY

Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2000 09:41:12 -0600
From: Dan McCue
Subject: Re: bumper sticker ideas

H - Think the bumper sticker idea is great and we need to move on it. In the small town of Camden, no graphic arts dealers who could aid us in this. Do any
of the other posters have thoughts or may be in that line of work.? This could be a national bumper sticker that could be bought by any Bluebird lover and
would apply to any of the subspecie, ie mountain, eastern or western. Does this give anybody else thoughts? This does not have to necessarily be approved by
NABS. Let's hear from some others with your thoughts. Dan McCue, Camden, TN 70 miles due west of Nashville.

Haleya Priest/Thom Levy wrote:

Haleya Priest Amherst MA

Ok. What else to do with cabin fever. Two other bumper stickers I've
thought of - the first I am using on my hand-out:

1) BRINGING BLUEBIRDS BACK ONE NESTBOX AT A TIME

2) IS IT GOOD FOR THE BLUEBIRDS
(might have to be jewish to get this one)

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 18:58:34 EST
From: Sialiaman"at"aol.com
Subject: Poem

Dick Purvis, Anaheim CA, rain finally

I would like to nominate one of my shirttail relatives (great-great granddaughter of my second cousin) for a place in the poets Hall of Fame.

"Bluebird"

I once saw a bluebird
sitting in a tree.
I thought I would keep it
and let it play with me.
But then when I caught it
I was able to see
that all of God's creatures
deserved to be free.

By:
Brittany Smith
Age 8


Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 14:54:15 -0500
From: The Carriers eemmuu"at"att.net

Subject: poetry

Hi All you bluebird lovers out there! This is Paul from Connecticut

I was just doing a little research today on Bluebirds, and came across some real poetic pros about this bird in the book - “The Birds of John Burroughs”. -1837 - 1921

So if you would care to enjoy some of these excerpts from this book on Bluebirds with me, than please read on; If not, feel free to delete.

All the following are from his chapter on “The Bluebird”. I will not use any more quotes...........

The Bluebird enjoys the preeminence of being the first bit of color that
cheers our northern landscape. The other birds that arrive about the
same time-the sparrow, robin and phoebe - are clad in neutral tints,
grays,brown or russet; but the bluebird brings one of the primary hues
and the divinest of them all.

Ed( Boy, no one writes like this anymore!)

It is worthy of remark that among British birds there is no
blue bird. The cerulean tint seems much rarer among the feather tribe
there than here.

Ed (They do have the Blue Tit, not as bright though)

Here in he calls the Mt Bluebird “arctic bluebird!”

The bluebird usually builds its nest in a hole in a stub, or in an old
cavity excavated by a woodpecker, when such can be had; but its first
impulse seems to be to start in the world in much more style, and the
happy pair make a great show of house -hunting about the farm buildings,
now half persuaded to appropriate a dove cot, then discussing in a
lively manner a last years swallow nest, or proclaiming with much
flourish and flutter that they have taken the wrens house, or the
tenement of the purple martin; till finally nature becomes to urgent,
when all this pretty make believe ceases, and most of them settle back
upon the old family stumps and knotholes in remote fields, and go to
work in earnest.

Ed-(Can you believe how long this last sentence is?)!!

There never was a happier or more devoted husband than the male bluebird
is. But among nearly all our familiar birds the serious cares of life
seem to devolve almost entirely upon the female. The male is hilarious
and demonstrative, the female serious and anxious about her charge. The
male is the attendant of the female, following her wherever she goes. He
never leads, never directs, but only seconds and applauds.

Ed-( yah I know, if only my husband............). to continue.....

If his life is all poetry and romance, hers is all business and prose...Ed -(yes girls, lighten up a bit sometimes, stop and smell the roses!)....to continue.........

She has no pleasure but her duty, and no duty but to look after her nest
and brood. She shows no affection for the male (no comment here), no
pleasure in his society; she only tolerates him as a necessary evil,
and, if he is killed, goes in quest of another in the most business-like
manner, as you would go for the plumber or the glazier.

Ed-(are we all that intolerable?)

In most cases the male is the ornamental partner in the firm, and
contributes little of the working capital.

Ed(Hay! whats wrong with a little romance once in a while?)

The male is very active in hunting out a place and exploring the boxes
and cavities, but seems to have no choice in the matter and anxious only
to please and encourage his mate.

Ed (Yes, I do this all the time).................

She brings all the material and does all the work of building, he
looking on and encouraging her with gesture and song. He acts also as
inspector of her work, but I fear is a very partial one. She enters the
nest with her bit of dry grass or straw, and having adjusted it to her
notion, withdraws and waits near by while he goes in and looks it over.
On coming out he exclaims very plainly, “Excellent! Excellent!” and away
the two go again for material.

Well there you have it, from the poetic pen of our lost writers of past.

Hope you enjoyed them, and sorry for taking so much space, but I feel the old ones sure knew how to say what they saw..

paul from CT


Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 21:08:23 -0800
From: Hatch Graham birdsfly"at"innercite.com
Subject: Re: poetry

Hi Paul: If you subscribed to CBRP's newsletter, Bluebirds Fly! ($5/yr), you would have seen some of John Burrough's REAL poetry in our Poets Corner:

Oh bluebird, welcome back again,
Thy azure coat and ruddy vest
Are hues that April loveth best, --
Warm skies above the furrowed plain.

We excerpted three stanzas from a longer poem.
Hatch Graham, editor Bluebirds Fly!
California Bluebird Recovery Program


Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 11:28:35 -0400
From: "Randy Jones" randyj"at"enter.net
Subject: "Hope" is a thing with Feathers

Leafing through the latest Land's End catalog (something I never do), I noticed a page devoted to poetry which had meant a lot to customers. I opened the page, and found the following poem, which my wife says is very well known (but not to me!). I thought some of you might be benighted souls like me, yet appreciate it because of your love for birds, especially bluebirds.

"Hope is a thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is a thing with feathers -
That perches on the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of Me.

Randy Jones
Allentown PA

randyj"at"enter.net


Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 21:23:26 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw" walshaw"at"gte.net
Subject: Redwing Blackbirds

Nickolas asked "Where are the females?" They do not show up here in NE OK until the cattails are high enough to attach their nests to. This will be in approximately one to two weeks more. I recently wrote the following poem about this which will be published in one of the birding magazines:

                            REDWING

Waiting in the willows for the cattails to grow,
Wishing away spring 'til the females show.
Then fishermen will be dive bombed and asked to leave
While his mate her pretty nest does weave.

At night he sleeps to the peeper's ring,
And wakes at morn again to sing.
"Where are they?" he seems to say,
"Why are they so long away?"

But they will come when the cattails grow,
And then things will not be so slow.
To the cattail stalks their nests will bind,
And soon there will be young to mind.

And Redwing will be busy indeed
With so many little ones to feed.
And so it goes every spring,
Even the cattails seem to sing!

Bluebird Bob, NE OK.


Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 13:39:01 -0500
From: "Bruce Johnson" bjohnso3"at"midsouth.rr.com
Subject: "Whole Bloody Name" comment (fun) a followup

Dusty:

Thanks for sharing this post. ...

Bruce Johnson ~ Life Mbr. NABS
2795 Long Oak Drive
Germantown TN 38138 (Western TN)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dusty Bleher" dusty"at"fsinc.com

This came across the wire in another group. It seemed to be apropos
to our current discussions. Here's a fun little example of codes
being used to good effect:
http://www.calpoly.edu/~mstiles/code.html
ODE TO A CODE
-OR-
LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG(BIRDS)
By: Eric V. Johnson
The computer, it seems, is an answer to dreams;
it helps us in all that we try.
But, Oh! Woe is me! How cruel it can be
when it comes to my friends that can fly.

For convenience, they say, we must now put away
all the names we so carefully learned,
and substitute newer, with letters far fewer;
just four are what each bird has earned.

The rules are quite rigorous, making a vigorous
effort to make all birds fit
in a scheme that denies to each one that flies
a nomen that's worthy of it.

Alpha codes, they are termed, and from what I have learned,
they are most unpronounceable things
that, when spoken as words, make noises absurd
of the names of our creatures with wings.

If today you insist on preparing a list
of the birds you have seen on a trip,
why, it's RCKIs and COGOs and GCKIs and NOBOs,
and was that duck really a WHIP?

In this evil scheme, there's a bird called a WEME
and an egret who's known as a GREG;
and if redpolls had known of the name they now own,
they would never have hatched from the egg!

There is trouble, to boot, between condor and coot,
because CACO would fit both just fine.
So the latter's a CARC, you'll find him in a park,
and most CALCs are in zoos at this time.

To make matters worse (and taxonomists curse)
there are some relations implied;
but a dovekie's no DOVE, and to even think of
a wrentit as WREN makes me cry!

Now, limpkins don't LIMP, and one sounds like a wimp
when its name is transmuted to LISP;
and there's TUDUs and TUPUs and CAGUs and TUVUs,
and what in the world is a WISP?

There's a BUFF and a NOPO, an AMRO, a BOBO,
a MERL and a MELT and a PROW;
a GRAT and a KEWA, a COTE and a HEWA,
a MODO, a PISI, a SPOW.

And so now every bird is a four-letter word
and I doubt that I'll ever forgive
the computer technician who made that decision;
no,.not for as long as I live.

I'll admit, there're a few, and one is the OU,
that survive this most nightmarish horror.
Their names are so short, they defeat this dumb sport:
RUFF, IIWI, OMAO, and SORA!

So you keep your new names, I refuse to play games
with the birdies that sit on my fence.
You keep your FLOWs and your HUGOs and SNOWs
and I'll stick with names that make sense!

A KEY TO THE CODES IN THE ODE:

RCKI=Ruby-crowned Kinglet
COGO=Common Goldeneye
GCKI= Golden-crowned Kinglet
NOBO= Northern Bobwhite
WHIP=White-cheeked Pintail
WEME=Western Meadowlark
GREG= Great Egret
HORE=Hoary Redpoll
CARC=Caribbean Coot
CALC=California Condor
LISP=Lincoln's Sparrow
TUDU=Tufted Duck
TUPU=Tufted Puffin
CAGU=California Gull
TUVU=Turkey Vulture
WISP=Wilson's Storm-Petrel
BUFF=Bufflehead
NOPO= Northern Pygmy-Owl
AMRO=American Robin
BOBO=Bobolink
MERL= Merlin
MELT=Melodious L aughing-thrush
PROW=Prothonotary Warbler
GRAT= Gray-backed Tern
KEWA=Kentucky Warbler
COTE=Commen Tern
HEWA=Hermit Warbler
MODO=Mourning Dove
PISI=Pine Siskin
SPOW=Spotted Owl
FLOW=Flammulated Owl
HUGO=Hudsonian Godwit
SNOW=Snowy Owl


Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 13:17:35 EDT
From: JaneHopeC"at"aol.com
Subject: Lighten up

It's pouring rain, this list has been horrible for two days and I wish both the sky and the list would lighten up. So here's a little English ditty that my husband reminded me of when I wondered where the birds would be in all this rain. To cheer everybody up - especially all those still waiting for bluebirds or hummers or whatever to arrive.

Spring is sprung
The grass is ris
I wonder where the birdies is?

The birds is on the wing.
But that's absurd,
The wing is on the bird!

Best said in a Cockney accent. Cheer up and enjoy the birds!

Jane
Pound Ridge
NY


Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 13:22:09 -0700
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"earthlink.net
Subject: Poets Nests(first annual poem contest of sorts)

My Dear Friends,

(mispelled words on purpose due to bride being asleep on couch and not able to check)

I had a Siamese
He was Presbyterian
and of course he was vegetarian
He lived without sin
Though he had an occasional bowl
of chicken lo mein.
He lived a long rich life
and took small steps.

My Persian was part Southern Baptist and Catholic
And he ate meat all day
and died at an early age
with Sparrow blood in his cage.

So, now I have a dog and bluebirds
and a new 1958 Farmall Cub
Grins-does my dog--
when I bush hog!(some prefer Brush Hog)

(Draft Poem under construction)

First Prize for winning addition will be:

My Photo of bluebird suspended in midair in gliding position with wings tucked back as in a dive. (on page 2 of my little photo web site) Please keep those poems coming in! Thank You! "I never met a person or bluebird I didn't like" was that Will who said that??

Wendell Long,Former Poet

Simple photos at:

http://home.earthlink.net/~mrsimple


Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 23:33:39 EDT
From: "Rwatts" rwatts"at"mymailstation.com
Subject: Wendell's Poetry Contest

Submission to Contest 2000

(With acknowlegements to W.S. Gilbert)

THE BLUEBIRDER'S NIGHTMARE

Oh, you're lying awake
Thinking what is at stake
As you've taken Nature in your own hands,
And the spot that you pick
For your trail-- will it "click"
With the cavity nesters in your lands?
And your brain is on fire,
Your only desire
Is making the place where your birdies
Will be able to nest
And will find things the best
(And *they* don't have to find rhyming wordies!)
Then the blanket's quite itchy,
You're feeling quite tetchy
When you see that it's a tick crawling;
You pick off the creature
And search every feature--
Finding one in your bed is appalling!
Well, you finally sleep
But your dreams they will keep
Drifting on to pine needles and feathers.
Bluebird-L on our minds,
Oh, what dreams of all kinds
Driving us to the ends of our tethers!

For you dream you are walking
Your trail--and you're stalking
A twenty-pound tomcat (with ladder),
The cat runs, stung with fear,
At the hose you've kept near--
No, turns out it's a seven-foot adder.
You would think it would wake
You to see such a snake
But no, you go on down the fairway.
MOBLs, TRES, HOSPs, and OATIs
EABLs, WEBLs, and TUTIs:
Those alpha codes, so tearing-hair-way!
And the next you have met
Is, of course, Bruce Burdett,
Who reminds you, always pair your houses,
Then he hands you a box
(A gas grill with brass locks)
Which is full of blue eggs, sticks, and mouses.
Flocks of HOSPs and of starlings
Annoy you with quarrelings
Yes, they're thieves, of course those are true words--
And you've found they will steal
Peanut hearts and fresh meal-
Worms that you have put out for your bluebirds.

Then you wake with a shout
As your dream it goes out
And you count all the eggs
And there's cramp in your legs,
A black fly on your nose,
Poison ivy scratched toes,
Mocking birds on your head
Or a hummer instead--
From the List you're deleted,
Messages are repeated--
And tempers are fraying
So the Listgod is saying
We must be polite
And you know, he is right...

And the darkness is past, and it's daylight at last!
The night has been long, ditto ditto my song,
And thank goodness they're both of 'em over!

Rhonda


Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 18:26:34 -0700
From: "Nicholas A. Zbiciak" nzbiciak"at"gfn.org
Subject: Wendell's Poetry Contest
This is short & not so sweet, and gets right to the point...

My advance apologies....

I call this:

Papa Gets the Dirty Work

mama blue catches fireflies
feeds them to her young
so papa blue can do his job
taking out the dung

be late night hours or early morn
when all outside is dark
papa can find all the poo
the glow that spots the mark


Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 22:22:19 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw" walshaw"at"gte.net
Subject: Preview of a coming attraction

I wrote the following on the trail this AM. It will be published in several places, but you lucky listserv members get to endure it first!

BLUEBIRDS

Bluebirds returning in the spring,
Males and females on the wing.
Hurry, scurry, build that nest,
In spring there is no bluebird rest!

Soft blue eggs (and sometimes white)
Promise a future that is bright.
Tiny babes soon will speak
And ask for food with hungry beak.

They eat and eat and feathers grow,
And then the blue begins to show.
While Mom and Dad have no time to sing
The young begin to test their wings.

Soon they are ready to give them a try,
And leaving the nest they are able to fly!
As teenagers they will still be fed
But the nest no longer is their bed.

But Mom and Dad still cannot rest,
It is time to start that second nest.
And hard to believe but it is true,
Those teenagers will help feed the new!

(I wish all of our seven teenagers had been that helpful!) Bluebird Bob.



Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 22:09:29 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw"
Subject: THE TRAIL MONITORS


THE TRAIL MONITORS

Wet or dry out they go
Praying that it will not snow.
Helping out those birds of blue,
Walking in the grassy dew.

Opening nestboxes one by one,
Reveling in the morning sun.
Discovering nests and eggs so blue,
Spring's promise coming true.

Another nest with little ones
Waiting for the parents to come
From East, West, North, or South
With insects for each open mouth.

One more nest - oh so sad!
A roving blacksnake has been bad.
Predator guards work in many ways
But sometimes nature has a different say.

And another nest with babies strong
Showing that it won't be long
Until their growing wings they'll try
And out into the world they'll fly.

They continue to monitor nest after nest
Enjoying successes and fighting pests.
Enemies with teeth, beak and claw
Sharing the Bluebird's luck of the draw.

But these monitors know from day to day
That all their efforts lead the way
To bringing the Bluebirds safe and strong
Back to where all can hear their songs.

Bluebird Bob


Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 22:07:44 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw"
To: "Bluebird Listserve"
Subject: NEW POEM

FIRST BLUEBIRDS

A friend gave them a Bluebird book
And ever since they have been hooked.
First a plan and then a house
Put together by a helpful spouse.

Much to read and then to see.
What to believe? Not on a tree?
Face it North, South, East, or West?
Which direction is the best?

The house and post are up at last,
Facing inward toward lawn’s grass.
And soon the project meets the test,
A pair of Bluebirds build a nest!

And then there are eggs of blue,
Nature’s promise coming true.
Following this the babies hatch,
Nestled deep in a cup of thatch.

Open mouths begin to speak,
Calling for food with hungry beaks.
The birders watch and yearn to know
More about how Bluebirds grow.

They see the young fly from the nest
And think the parents now can rest.
But soon they are amazed to see
A second nest has come to be!

And now they are truly hooked,
Buying equipment and more books.
Next year there will be more houses,
Put together by helpful spouses.

BLUEBIRD BOB


 Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 22:04:15 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw" walshaw"at"gte.net
Subject: TICKS

I was bitten in bed by a tick last night
And this is what I got up to write.
It may not be a Bluebird story
But with Lyme disease it is a cause for worry.

TICKS

Ticks can make you sick
As with their jaws to you they stick.
Tuck in those cuffs! Spray here, spray there!
You can meet them anywhere.

You find them both big and small
Awaiting you from Spring to Fall.
From tree, bush and fallen log
As they attack you and your dog.

They often greet you in the night
As in your bed you feel them bite.
On you they have hitched a ride
Before biting you in the side.

Somehow God had a reason
To create ticks in Summer season,
But when one has bitten me
It is a reason I can’t see!

Bluebird Bob


Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 23:11:58 -0500
From: "R_C Walshaw" walshaw"at"gte.net
Subject: The Bluebird Lady

THE BLUEBIRD LADY
Her husband sleeps upon the hill
And yet she helps the Bluebirds still.
They used to walk the trail together
Going out in any weather.

Nestboxes built with loving hands
Around their spacious farm still stand
Offering shelter, space, and rest
To birds needing a place to nest.

She watches them and records with care
In the book they used to share
Every failure and success,
And what occurs in every nest.

And though she walks with ancient knees
She even helps the Chickadees.
Her days are full from day to night
And though alone her thoughts are bright.

The sparrow traps she used to hate
Now help her to eliminate
The house sparrow with its vicious ways
That have spoiled so many of her days.

She knows for her Bluebirds to survive
These alien killers must not thrive.
She does not like to use the traps
But knows her vigilance must not lapse.

She loves her cat but its not out
While the Bluebirds are about.
Even the dog stays inside,
She feels his bark they won’t abide.

She watches the parents hunt and feed
Among the grasses and the weeds.
When the babies fledge she heaves a sigh,
Another year is rushing by.

And as she goes to bed at night
And says a prayer and turns off the light,
She knows the one upon the hill
Is with her and their Bluebirds still.

BLUEBIRD BOB


Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 08:28:53 -0400
From: "Bruce Burdett" blueburd"at"srnet.com
Subject: Mathews' book.

To: The Constituency:
-from the FIELD BOOK OF WILD BIRDS AND THEIR MUSIC, by F. Schuyler
Mathews, G.P.Putnam & Sons,
(The Knickerbocker Press) 1904 !!

"BLUEBIRD
This is one of the earliest birds to arrive in the spring; it is a question which we are likely to meet first, the Bluebird (cap.) or the Robin (cap.), but not infrequently a flash of the cerulean color tells us the Bluebird has won in the race northward. His personal appearance is tasteful if not aesthetic. Upper parts including wings and tail ultramarine blue; there is a rusty tinge to the feather-tips in the fall; under parts a light burnt sienna or chestnut tone; feathers beneath the tail white. Female much paler in color; the upper parts gray-blue. Nest generally in the hollow of some orchard trees, or often in the convenient "bird-house"; it is lined with fine grasses. Egg a blue-white. This bird is common in the eastern United States as far west as the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains; its northern range-limit is Manitoba and Nova Scotia; it breeds throughout its range, and winters from southern New York to the Gulf States."

Bruce Burdett, NH Bluebird Conspiracy, Sunapee NH
blueburd"at"srnet.com


Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 08:44:19 -0400
From: "Bruce Burdett" blueburd"at"srnet.com
Subject: Mathews book(2)

F. Schuyler Mathews has made an effort in this remarkable book to render all our birds' songs and calls in precise musical notation. I do not read music, so his efforts are lost on me. But a musical person who happened to be a birder would find it fascinating. He includes with his descriptions of the birds and his musical staffs (Is that the right word?) a thoughtful discussion of each bird's song, written in the peculiar (to me) language of the trained musician.

If you are interested, you should ransack your local old-book stores, and the Internet. The copy I saw belongs to a local lady. I was hoping she would
give it to me, but alas, it was only a loan. I suspect that it has some value on the old-book market.

Bruce Burdett, NH Bluebird Conspiracy, Sunapee NH
blueburd"at"srnet.com


Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 09:12:35 EDT
From: JaneHopeC"at"aol.com
Subject: Re: Mathews book(2)

Thanks for telling us about this Bruce. It's sounds very interesting. I do read music and play the piano (badly) and I'd like to try out the bird songs!  I've never heard of them being rendered in musical notation before. I am going to try to get hold of a copy. I love old bird books. My father recently gave me his copy of BIRDLIFE by Frank M. Chapman (1897). My copy is the 1910 edition. It has beautiful watercolor plates and many interesting details that aren't found in modern field guides. The writing style is quite beautiful.

"About the time we first hear the Robin's ringing welcome to spring we may listen for the Bluebird's more gentle greating... No bird's song is more
associated with the return of Spring than the Bluebird's: nor is there a bird's note more expressive of the passing season than the Bluebird's Autumn
call of *far-away, far-away*." ( There is an accent on far - but I don't have one on my keyboard.)

Mr. Chapman was curator of the American Musuem of Natural History in New York from 1908 and also started the journal BIRD-LORE which evolved into AUDOBON.

Happy Fourth everybody!

Jane
Pound Ridge
NY


Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 20:17:19 -0400
From: "Zinnia Zither" zinniazither"at"hotmail.com
Subject: Hello, some notes, a salute

Zinnia Zither, from the Elk Neck peninsula in MD

Hello, all. I have been lurking for about a week, and your postings have all been very informative. I especially want to thank those of you who mentioned websites helpful in identifying birds and plants. Thanks to you I have been able to ID the mysterious bird we have heard in the nearby woods every summer since we moved here 3 years ago; it is a wood thrush.

As a professional pianist I was also intrigued to learn of the Matthews book which notates bird songs. Some of you may know that composers such as Beethoven and Respighi used birdsong in their orchestral compositions. French Baroque composers wrote cuckoos into their harpsichord music. In the 20th century Olivier Messiaen wrote a number of bird-inspired compositions including a 2 1/2 hour "Catalogue d'oiseaux" for the piano (it takes a true genius to make such a clumsy, percussive instrument sound birdlike), and (for the flautist!) another set for flute and piano called "La merle noir" which, if you will excuse my French, is the blackbird. There are also several sets of bird pieces written for piano students. These are just a few examples of how musicians during the past several hundred years have attempted to imitate (in notated form) birdsong.

My husband and I have often seen bluebirds around our home, something I had not seen in 40 years. They like to perch on plant stakes, mailbox posts, and treetops when we are in the yard. Sometimes they come briefly to the birdbath. Tonght just after dinner we were treated to about a half hour of song and aerial acrobatics from 4 bluebirds.

Better than fireworks!

Happy Fourth!


Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 22:55:29 -0400
From: "Katherine S. Wolfthal" kate"at"nirvana.ziplink.net
Subject: Re: Mathews book(2)

I'm just catching up on a large volume of mail after the weekend so I'm late in replying to this thread.

In addition to the many composers who have reproduced birdsong in their compositions, including those mentioned by Ms. Zither, others have worked birds into their music in different ways. One of my very favorite examples is the aria, from Josef Haydn's great oratorio "The Creation", wherein the composer masterfully depicts God's creation of the birds, in words and music, with the soaring of the eagle, the song of the lark and the courtship of the dove (with suitably onomatopoietic cooing music). It sends shivers up my spine each time I hear it.

Mathews's book may be found at Alibris.com, which offers several copies in varying degrees of wear and tear and at prices from $14 up. I have ordered a copy printed in 1921, for $17.50. Perhaps it will help me in my efforts to recognize bird calls which I find difficult despite a good musical background.

Katherine
Weston, MA
-------------
kate"at"nirvana.ziplink.net


Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 20:07:59 -0400
From: "Fausto Beretta"
Subject: FW: "The Blackbird and Coyote"

----------
From: "Fausto Beretta"
Subject: "The Blackbird and Coyote"
Date: Thu, Jul 13, 2000, 6:19 PM


From a story by the Pima of Arizona:
The bluebird was once a very ugly color. But there was a lake where no water flowed in or out, and the bluebird bathed in it four times a day for four days. As it bathed it sang:

There's a blue water, it lies there.
I went in.
I am all blue.

On the fourth day it shed all its feathers, but on the fifth day it came out with brilliant blue feathers. Coyote, who had seen all of this, approached the bird and said, "How is it that your ugly color has come out, and now you are blue and beautiful? I want to be blue as well." "I bathed here four times," said the bluebird, "and each time sang a little song." Coyote learned the song, and went into the lake four times. On the fifth time he came out blue as the little bird. Coyote was very proud of his new coat, and as he walked along he looked on all sides to see if everyone was noticing what a fine blue shade he had turned. He was so distracted by this that he forgot to watch the road, and, running into a stump, he fell to the ground. He became covered in dust, and that is why to this day all coyotes are the color of dirt.
( From Sports Afield, Summer 2000. 49. )


Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2000 12:43:41 -0400
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Bluebird with great Courage

Friends.....I have one of the meanest, toughest, courages bluebirds i have ever seen. Most of mine are tender kind hearted gentle birds. But this one is a terror-reminds me of a Siamese cat we had. He will take on anything-people, all other birds, hawks, coons, snakes, escaped prisoners, u name it he will get it if in his territory. I have never seen one protect his woman as much as he does. I wish I could be more like him. He is my hero. But, I do wonder if it is normal for me to have him as my favorite and I wonder why I feel that way. Overcompensation perhaps. If you want to see his photo-he is the first flying one on my web site at the top left-going after a groundhog.

Well, he is very strong and protective no kidding. So I wrote a little verse about him:

The Killing Season

I got this hostile bluebird
who is very mean and mad
and he can be very bad
but he keeps law and order
and protects his border

He puts up posted signs
each hunting season
but still has trespassers
with no good reason

And, on occasion he will
have to drop a deer hunter
out of his deer stand
in order for the hunters
not to get outa hand

He exists to keep the deer hunter
population thinned out you know
for without him
the killing season would have to go!

Wendell Long
A Simple Person


Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 11:35:17 -0400
From: Wendell Long
Subject: I know where the bluebird go!

The October Season

Where do the Bluebirds go
They told me, so I know
And they said I could tell you
But I am not going to!

Cause I don't believe in sharing
For you all are no longer caring
You laughed and made fun of me
And said I was dumb and could not see
When I reported finding over at the pond
An Ivory-billed shot by John James Audubon!

So just keep hypothesizing with all your theories
As to where the Bluebirds go during the series
And this Fall Season the Bluejays may not win
But I will be Mr Baseball with a big silly grin
Since I am the only one to know
Where all the Bluebirds go!


Wendell Long
Waynesville, Ohio
(A silly, bitter ole man, suffering from too much sauerkraut)


Subj: Bluebird Song?
Date: 10/20/00 4:17:53 AM Central Daylight Time
To: bluebirdbox"at"cox.net

Remember the song "Mr. Bluebird on my Shoulder? Well, I would like to put that on my website; www.birdsongresort.com and could you help me find it. I would like to download it.

Thanks Bob



Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 15:49:37 EDT
From: bluebirdbox"at"cox.net
Subject: Re: Bluebird Song?

Bob,

It sounds as though you are looking for the actual music rather than just the lyrics for "Mr. Bluebird On My Shoulder." I am no expert when it comes to music about bluebirds but there are those who are. I am copying this email to some and to the listserv that deals in bluebirds and other cavity nesters.

Be sure to let me know if you find what you are looking for (then I can include that information in my file that I keep on bluebird music -- that
file BTW is available on the web at: http://members.aol.com/bestofbbl2/musabout.htm). Actually the file itself is a compilation of postings from members of the listserv about music and poems dealing with bluebirds.

...

Thanks Bob

Jim McLochlin
Omaha, NE...



Subj: Re: Bluebird Song?
Date: 10/20/00 3:41:32 PM Central Daylight Time
From: joandick"at"aeroinc.net (joan and dick harmet)

Hi Jim - Thanks for the music question and your website. I am always on the lookout for the actual sheet music and collect it. So I wander in antique stores and the like.

As for Bob - "Mr. Bluebird on My Shoulder" is probably "Zip-a-Dee- Doo-Dah" from a Disney movie. I don't have it - wish I did.

Mr. Bluebird on My Shoulder,
It's the truth, it's actual,
Everything is satisfactual...

Joan Harmet, Elizabeth, IL


Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 09:04:44 EDT
From: Dinlows"at"aol.com
Subject: Re: [Bluebird] Bluebird Song?

This was my favorite song as a child. It is "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from Walt Disney's Song Of The South, based on the original "Uncle Remus "stories about Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear and Brer Fox . I wish they would bring out the video... I think it goes back to 1945.
Linda - Ind.



Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 10:29:11 EDT
From: Edandmj30084"at"aol.com
Subject: Re: [Bluebird] Bluebird Song?

Good Saturday!

It's one of my favorites, too. Sorry, but I believe you'll have to get the video of Song of the South from Japan because it was pulled from the US market in the '80s because it isn't "politically correct!" The song, however, is  still available here; in fact, you may be able to find "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" film clip on a Disney movie songs video.

Have a great weekend!

Mary Jane
Tucker, GA



Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 10:57:17 -0500
From: "Bruce Johnson"
Subject: Re: [Bluebird] Bluebird Song, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah clip from of Song of the South:


For our members only:

This song it can be downloaded from Napster. For those of you that do not use Napster, if you will email me privately, I can help you get this piece of music.

Best regards,

Bruce Johnson ~ Life Mbr. NABS
2795 Long Oak Drive
Germantown TN 38138
901-755-6842



Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 12:28:05 EDT
From: Tsapling"at"aol.com
Subject: Re: [Bluebird] Bluebird Song?

I bet the Disney Stores all around the country probably carry the tape or know where to get it.

Tina


Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 17:09:02 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: The Only Dream

The Only Dream that Mattered

As I walked down the trail, the bluebird couple were sitting in the Mimosa tree talking about the beginning of winter and what a wonderful season it had been and they hoped to see each other once more come springtime. They spoke of parting, and of the good times. And the male flew away over the tall eastern pines and he turned and gave one last look at her sitting there watching him go and both knowing all the while, this was the last summer for them. And as he flew, I could hear his singing to her:

".....if it all falls apart I will know deep in my heart the only dream that mattered had come true in this life, I was loved by you" *

She watched his blue fade into the sky and she was glad they had been able to create good memories rather than regrets.

Wendell Long
A Simple Poet and Wild Bird Photographer (Potential Country Song Writer)
Waynesville, Ohio

*collin raye song

http://www2.go-concepts.com/~mrsimple

PS: If you are considering not climbing on the roof, think again, just make sure the rope holder loves you!


Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2000 16:52:07 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Guideline question to where did all the Bluebirds go?

I have a question about what the guidlines mean. That is: Are poems related to bluebirds allowed on the list? I don't want to write one if it is against the meaning of the guidelines. I have heard you can get kicked off if you aren't careful what you say when writing a poem.I understand judgement and discretion is required. But what about just a simple poem about bluebirds whether happy or sad? Is that against the guidelines? Tina, Judy, Dean, H, Jay, Jim, Mike, Stan or whoever has assumed the unhappy task of keeping us in line now? I would ask Bruce Burdett but he thinks he is a better poet. And he will be busy voting on Wednesday. I do consider him a friend, I don't care what he may tell you. Wendell

PS: For example would the following verse be against the guidlines?

Banded Brothers in Arms Poncho and Lefty*

Livin on the road my friend
Was goin to keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron
And your breath is hard as kerosene

Poncho was a banded bluebird......

Poncho met his match you know
On the plains down in Mexico
No one heard his dying words
Lefty can't sing the blues
The way he did at one time...

The dust that Poncho bit down south
Ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day Poncho was laid low
Lefty split for Ohio....

The poets tell how Poncho fell and
Lefty's living in a cheap hotel
Death is quiet and Cleveland's cold
And so the story ends we are told
Poncho needs your prayers it's true
But save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do and
Now he is growing old.

We only let him go so long
Out of kindness I suppose

Life at times becomes very narrow
For you see Lefty is a House Sparrow

Wendell Long
A vintage Other directed Person

* A take off the the Willie and Merle song.


Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 15:40:56 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: All positions filled

Friends of the Wendell Long Institute.

Thank you all for your applications. All 6 positions are now filled. Many thanks to all those who wrote. Your time is much appreciated. No poems today. Well just a short little verse only a few lines.

a bluebird stroll

When you start feeling lonely and isolated
Please take a little walk down a bluebird trail
There you may have a happy cry
As you watch the beautiful bluebird fly

And when you get near the end
Write a note to some poor friend
Who may be too busy to take a break
Since he forgot to keep awake.

Wendell Long
Dreaming of Grand Cayman


Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 14:04:25 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Re: Freindly reminder

At 11:55 AM 11/17/2000 -0500, you wrote:

Hi Tina,
Thanks for the reminder Message - I know I am one of the guilty ones that has
talked OT recently. I would love to find a list that talks about wild birds in
general. Can anyone point me in the direction to find one? Thanks. Joyce
Sobey,
Powhatan, VA

Tina Phillips wrote:

Hi everyone,

Two quick friendly reminders:

1) anyone can sign up to Bluebird-l and post what they want at least once.
If it is inappropriate, you can all rest assured, they will be immediately
deleted as soon as Mike or I return to the office. On your end, please just
delete the Message and don't pay any further attention to it. No need to
remind Mike and I to delete...

2) There have been lots of posts about feeder birds recently. I don't see
anything wrong with an occasional post but when 9 out of 10 posts are all
about feeder birds, people start to get uneasy, and it is my obligation to
do something. So here's my friendly reminder: please try to stick to
cavity-nesting topics on Bluebird-L. If you want to talk feeder birds, you
can do it personally, or seek out other list serves, there are plenty out
there!

OK, thanks for your cooperation,

Tina Phillips

The Birdhouse Network
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607)254-2482
cbp6"at"cornell.edu
http://birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse

Joyce, Tina, Jim, Dean, Bob, H, and all my friends on the bluebird-L

Joyce, I would like to respond to your letter here. In my humble opinion this is an outstanding list and has been for a long time for cavity nester discussion. And I agree with the so called "tough guys" who run it--it has even improved without my poetry. And I would encourage you not to leave the list if you join a general bird list. Now and then I take a short vacation from the list to learn and do other work, but try not to stay away too long from bluebirds, for if I do I sing less. I have made some common mistakes in writing to this list in the past, such as trying to be "as my more serious friends say trying to be cute, attempts at humor and writing to much rambling stuff," but when we stick to bluebirds and cavity nesters in my experience this is THE list for serious discussion. And I continue to learn and grow as I become younger.

Joyce, my institute, The Wendell Long Institute is not a traditional internet discussion list, however you are welcome to inquire as is all others on this list as to membership, but I would not want you to resign from the bluebird-L. As Tina points out she will "fire" you if you are not wanted, you don't have to leave should you be considering such a thing and I trust you are not. In the long run you will find Tina and the leadership of this group a most fair and understanding and civil bunch of people in every way.

As far as The Wendell Long Institute work is concerned our major thrust is that of a research institute devoted to learning not teaching. Our major study at present is to learn more of the relationship between the use of the internet as it affects the lives and relationships of mature persons, we call mature 50 and over and sometimes even call them seniors of all things. We are a basic virtual human relations research group. Our report on our major study is to be published june,2001 and will look to forecast the coming of changes swarming and new technology will have on the senses and behavior and quality of life of seniors as their use of the internet grows at such a rapid pace. Yahoo magazines special December study has some information on that subject should you be interested.

Membership in our group is by invitation only considers a persons experience and interests in the future the internet will have upon swarming and human relations. There is no cost or membership fee and all research and communication is done by internet use of the www and email etc.

I have 3 slots I want to add for advanced research fellows who would be interested in such cutting edge work. Just email me if you need more information or have questions. But promise you will continue your work and interest on this bluebird list. It is one of the very best. We have a variety of members ranging from practical experience, high school grads, to vast esperience and education post doctoral researchers. So one will find a brother or sister in arms.

Welcome all bios from staff and membership. Non-discrimination Institute.

Wendell Long
The Wendell Long Institute
for the study of Virtual Human Interactivity.
Waynesville, OH

We live to learn, not to teach.

PS: just two short verses this time only.

I love the bluebird
not because he is blue
but the real reason --
come each season
he llets me think of you
he sings his sweet song
then I know you too
will return before long.

Wendell Long
Poet

I read the poet Yeats
I read the geek Gates
then I look to the stars
and return home to mars!

WRL


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 19:02:18 -0500
From: "Bruce Burdett" blueburd"at"srnet.com
Subject: For Kate, who needs a lift.

The Bluebird is a lovely thing,
Either perched or on the wing.
It harbors many a parasite,
But hardly ever gets a bite.
Its blue looks really blue, I'd say,
And yet, I'm told, it's really grey.
Its song is subtle, cheery, gay.
The melody can make my day.
English Sparrows give me fits.
I'd gladly blow them all to bits.
Starlings, from across the sea,
Had better all steer clear of me.
Bluebirds gobble gobs of worms
Despite their twitches and their squirms.
Their eggs are blue as summer sky.

Alas, I now must go have a beer.
My wife's computer-time is here.

Bruce Burdett, NH Bluebird Conspiracy, Sunapee NH
blueburd"at"srnet.com


Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 21:20:49 -0500
From: "Bruce Burdett" blueburd"at"srnet.com
Subject: For Kate (cont.)

Now Peg has gone; she's off to Rome.
Now I'll continue Katherine's pome.

.................................................

Their eggs, though blue as summer sky.
Are sometimes white; I wonder why.
Their nests, meticulously clean,
Are brownish, with a tinge of green.
When autumn air begins to chill,
The bugs which they routinely eat
Disperse and croak for lack of heat.
And when the snow begins to fly,
And sleety weather fills the sky,
They head on south where it's more balmy.
Georgia, perhaps, or Alabamy.
And maybe, with the spring returned,
They'll seek the neighborhood they learned.
They'll come on back and bide a wee
In rural, sleepy Sunapee.

So now this verse I'll put to bed.
I hope Kate's gear's no longer dead.
Peg's back from Rome; I'm inches thinner.
Perhaps she'll cook me up some dinner.

(Note to Wendell:   This is not a poem, - not by a long shot. This is verse.)

Bruce Burdett, NH Bluebird Conspiracy, Sunapee NH
blueburd"at"srnet.com


Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 09:28:44 -0500
From: "Bruce Burdett" blueburd"at"srnet.com
Subject: COME BACK.

COME BACK (- by B. Burdett, Poet Laureate of # 5 Upper Bay Road, Sunapee, NH, ground floor only.)

Come back, y'all, to Bluebird-L.
All's well once more at ol' Cornell.
The wolf has had his teeth extracted.
No more fear you'll be attackted. (sic)
Dusty's Place is very fine,
But Bluebird-L is back on line.
Lots of savvy people there.
And wisdom 'extraordinaire.'
Subscribe to BOTH; you won't be sorry.
One is good; two's hunky-dory.

Now this doggerel cord I'll sever.
Trochees ramble on forever.
Now it's time to go and sup.
So I'll at long, long last..... shut up.

(Not a poem, mind you, Wendell. Just a verse.)

Bruce Burdett, NH Bluebird Conspiracy, Sunapee NH
blueburd"at"srnet.com


Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 11:30:51 EST
From: Tsapling"at"aol.com
Subject: end of poem

The poem I printed at the end of November was missing the last 4 lines. Here they are thanks to Haleya:

But we heard them exclaim
'Er they flew out of sight
Many starlings to all
and to all a good flight.

Tina


Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 18:59:04 -0800
From: "judymellin" judymellin"at"netzero.net
Subject: bluebird songs

A while ago, we were having a discussion about songs that name the bluebird but there was a seasonal one we missed- Walking in a Winter Wonderland! OK, OK, most of us would not describe our current weather conditions that way but think about the words: "Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is a new bird..." Buuuut, the song (to the best of my knowledge) never says who this new bird is! Shall we speculate while we are snow- and ice- bound?

Chicago has now had its snowiest December ever- with two more days to go and snow predicted each day. As of 3 PM, we have now had 33 1/2 inches officially so far and are about to set a new low temperature record. But, but, the weather forecast shows possibly 30 by Thursday and the appearance of a large yellow ball in the sky. I thought it was a UFO but the weather forecaster called it the S-U-N!

Happy Millennium- we purists are celebrating this New Year's!

Judy Mellin
NE IL.


Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 22:41:19 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: MealWorms

Friends,

I had many noble plans today
But life kept getting in the way

Just as I was about ready to wrap my book
A bluebird flew by and gave me a dirty look

Then I noticed he was pulling a banner sign
"Simple, stop eating mealworms, they are mine!"

Well, I felt as guilty as sin
That he knew where I had been

All this time I had wondered where he went
And he was here all along, downwind of my scent

The moral of the story, so I have been told --
"Don't eat the Bluebird's mealworms when he is cold!"

Wendell Long
Waynesville, Ohio

http://www2.go-concepts.com/~mrsimple


Friends,
He was sitting on his fence post when I went down to check the mail. He
too had lost friends, relatives and loved ones in the past. But the lose
of his beautiful compainion last season--well the hurt and pain lingered
yet and he started to sing as I listened:


Lonely Street

"I'm looking for that lonely street
I've got a sad sad tail to tell
I need a place to go and weep
Where's this place called lonely street

A place where there's just loneliness
Where dim lights bring forgetfulness
Where broken dreams and memories meet
Where's this place called lonely street

Perhaps upon that lonely street
There's someone such as I
Who came to buried broken dreams
And watch an old love die

If I could find that lonely street
Where dim lights bring forgetfulness
Where broken dreams and memories meet
Where's this place called lonely street

Where's this place called lonely street"

As sung by the Everly Brothers

As I returned up the lane, he flew on down the trail and I could not help but wonder--will he be back or will he find Lonely Street and a Home again.

Wendell


Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 13:40:29 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Bluebird Fantasy

Bluebird Fantasy

While looking through my spotting scope today
I watched the bluebird lost in fantasy play
I could not believe what I saw
As I retrieved my busted jaw

Sitting high atop the next pine tree
Watching him too---was SHE!
He saw her outa the corner of his eye
As he began to show her how he could fly!

First he did the hummingbird swing
And then some other strange thing
He acted as a mockingbird without a voice
Had picked flight as his impressing choice

He flew every pattern that I had seen
And then a few more in between
I could tell she was impressed by his display
When she smiled and sang "Going my Way"

But I suppose things were not meant to be
For before I knew it there was another in a taller tree
And she yelled at him "Come on you ole fool,
Can't you remember you are married to ME!"

He flew as he was told
With wings stiff and cold
His flight had become all jerky
Much as a clipped winged turkey

And she remained behind atop her tree
For all to hear and all to see
She did not know what his song was about
For his leaving had created a new doubt

Now she wondered if her fantasy meet
would be a place called Lonely street.

Would it be a place called Lonely Street?

Wendell Long
02/01/2001
Waynesville, OH

http://www2.go-concepts.com/~mrsimple
Where one comes to view relationships


Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 09:28:11 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Ahh Yes Another Season

Friends,

It is so hard to find a bad person who likes bluebirds. I keep looking but they always turn out to have some redeeming value. It's magic I guess. In honor and appreciation of those in the Bird Industry I post this little verse:

Another Season,2001

Yep, The Bluebird is back singing in the Mimosa tree
preparing for another spring and summer with the bride and me
Again this year when we ask him how he lives yet another Season
He whispered in my good ear and told me his personal reason
and he wanted me to pass along what he said to all of you
But I explained to him, you loved bluebirds and you already knew!

While, Dave Cummings, at the age sixty-two
May work at a dream job come true
I would much rather listen to the Bluebird sing
and leave ole Dave in his cowhide leather swing!

I know some folks think there are more exciting things to do
Than enjoy the Springtime and fledglings so cute and new
But, as for me and my friends who enjoy the gift of birds
We have learned the magic of a special song yet to be heard.

Yes, the sounds of a special song, and it is yet to be heard!

Wendell Long
The Simple Poet


Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 13:17:47 -0500
From: Wendell Long mrsimple"at"go-concepts.com
Subject: Bluebird Fantasy Lite Happy Talk?

Friends,

'Happy talk--keep talking Happy talk
You got to have a dream
If you don't have a dream,
then how you gona have
a dream come true?"

That darn male bluebird--I think he is the most romantic sapsucker I have ever met! There he was again this morning, sitting on my Farmall Cub Tractor steering wheel,(while Keith, Bill, Bruce J, Brenda, Linda and everyone was talking happy talk about gourds), He was singing to his bride: "Happy Talk" and "Younger Than Springtime" from South Pacific. I kid you not! At the top of his lungs he sang in the most clear voice only as a bluebird can sing:

Younger Than Springtime

"I touch your hand and my arms grow strong
like a pair of birds that burst with song
my eyes look down at your lovely face
and I hold the world in my embrace

Younger than springtime are you
softer than starlight are you
warmer than winds of June
are the gentle lips you gave me

Gayer than laughter are you
sweeter than music are you
angel and lover, heaven and earth
are you to me

And when your youth and joy
invade my arms and fill my heart
as now they do

Then younger than springtime am I
Gayer than laughter am I
angel and lover heaven and earth
am I with you."

And he turns to me and says:

"Fall in love and stay
for that is the only way
And love her to the soul
So when she has to go
You can fall in love again
For she has a virtual twin!"

Wendell Long
The Simple Poet


Music/Poems about Bluebirds (Part 2)


Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars

Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

Home
Calendar
Current Newsletter
Places to Bird
Bird Calendars
March
April
May
September
October
November
Links
Archive Index

BEST OF BLUEBIRD_L CLASSIFIEDS HOME | Audubon Society of Omaha | The Bluebird Box | Bluebird FAQs | Search | Contact me
All material was originally posted on the Bluebird_L or Bluebird mailing list, and has been reposted here with slight modifications to make the posts more readable in an HTML format.  In cases in which quoted material has been deleted to save space, this is indicated by an ellipsis (...)
For more information about Bluebird_L, check out http://www.cit.corn.edu/cit-pubs/email/using-lists/index.htm. If you wish to contact the author of a post, you will need to edit the e-mail address, replacing "at" with the "at" symbol (above the number 2 on your keyboard). (This change was made to discourage spammers.)
If you are the author of a posting and would like to see a particular post (or posts) removed from these web pages, please contact me with the web page address, title of post, and date and time of the post(s), and I will remove whatever material you like.  If you have a different opinion from one posted here, you need not contact me, as often I will have a different opinion too. The intent is to try and provide both sides to the issues facing bluebirders, and to do so in an impartial and objective manner.
If you have problems, encounter broken links (unless they are within an e-mail thread, as I do not maintain those links), or have suggestions on how the site can be improved to make it more useful, please contact the Best of Bluebird-L Classifieds webmaster
Website design by Chimalis

 

y posted on the Bluebird_L or Bluebird mailing list, and has been reposted here with slight modifications to make the posts more readable in an HTML format.  In cases in which quoted material has been deleted to save space, this is indicated by an ellipsis (...)
For more information about Bluebird_L, check out http://www.cit.corn.edu/cit-pubs/email/using-lists/index.htm. If you wish to contact the author of a post, you will need to edit the e-mail address, replacing "at" with the "at" symbol (above the number 2 on your keyboard). (This change was made to discourage spammers.)
If you are the author of a posting and would like to see a particular post (or posts) removed from these web pages, please contact me with the page AND date of the post(s), and I will remove whatever material you like.  If you have a different opinion from one posted here, you need not contact me, as often I will have a different opinion too. The intent is to try and provide both sides to the issues facing bluebirders, and to do so in an impartial and objective manner.
If you have problems, encounter broken links (unless they are within an e-mail thread, as I do not maintain those links), or have suggestions on how the site can be improved to make it more useful, please contact the Best of Bluebird-L Classifieds webmaster
Website design by Chimalis