March 18th, 2013

For the Birds

The fat, ruby red cardinals are gobbling up every bit of seed we put in the feeders and a woodpecker is going at the back of the house (this is not good). Despite the incessant tapping, I love birds and cannot wait to see “Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock”, a three part show at the New York Historical Society. The first installment runs March 8-May 19.  All 474 watercolors John James Audubon painted for The Birds of America will be presented in the order they were created.

Soon to be on my bedside table is Snapper, Brian Kimberling’s debut novel about a bird-researcher in Indiana. Call me shallow, but I love the cover. The reviews are good too.

Vogue covered five made-in-New York City beauty businesses and I love the packaging on the Uptown Soap Co. products, especially the bird motifs. They are the perfect hostess gift.


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  • The charms of the woodpecker are very short lived. I have had one pecking at my house here and then for the last few years. Cute, but maddening, and ultimately destructive. We found hanging suet on a near by tree did help. One the bird becomes aware of it, it goes there and leaves the house alone. Does require monitoring, however, because more than birdies like suet and replenishing is needed. Haven’t heard mine for a while….

    AprilMarch 18th, 2013  10:07 AM

  • I love these, I will definitely have to see!

    CaitlinMarch 18th, 2013  1:25 PM

  • I’m shallow & that cover is beautiful.

    That's Not My AgeMarch 18th, 2013  3:09 PM

  • I love birds too! So glad you admitted this on a “chic” blog…normally bird watching/admiration seems to go under the “old fogie” category! I visited the Audubon Collection at the Oppenheimer Museum in Chicago and hope to pick up a couple of prints for our dining room. O’k… now I do sound old! Ha!

    brenda murphyMarch 18th, 2013  4:21 PM

  • Just ordered the book…love the midwestern location….and would recommend “The Dinner” for a thought-provoking read.

    LeslieMarch 18th, 2013  8:31 PM

  • I just finished “The Dinner”. Would love to join in a discussion of it. I will check out “Snapper” in April when the Kindle version is available.

    AprilMarch 18th, 2013  10:26 PM

  • You are not at all shallow for loving the cover of this book–it is fresh and darling and happy! Nature-into-art has been a fascination and pursuit since the dawn of time. I urge you to visit the Graham Arader Galleries in New York, Philly, and other cities for a spectacular selection of the best quality prints of flora, fauna, birds (including Audobons), quadropeds, & antique maps . . . I have been collecting birds and plant life art since the 80’s. If that makes me an ‘old foggie,’ I couldn’t be happier!

    PaulineMarch 20th, 2013  1:16 AM


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