Friday, May 17, 2013


This time of year is the very best for bird watching in our neighborhood.  Just as the blossoms pop out on the fruit trees and my bridal veil bush puts on a show of cascading flowers; the bright red-white-blue lazuli buntings and orange orioles arrive on their way to their summer homes.  The following is a re-post of the drama in our back yard a few years ago.

Orange and black are aggressive colors. They're the colors of sports teams and Halloween. When I saw orange and black in the plum tree I got out my camera. A big oriole was making a meal of the bugs and worms there.

He was a bird with attitude.
When he flew to the lawn he was met by an adversary.

None shall pass.
None shall pass!

I have no quarrel with you, good Sir, but I must cross this lawn.
Then you shall die.
I command you to stand aside!

I move for no bird.
So be it!

Now! Stand aside, worthy adversary.
Come on you pansy!

You are indeed brave, Sir, but the fight is mine.
Oh, had enough, eh?

Look, stop that.
Chicken! Chicken!

Right, I’ll do you for that!
You’ll what?
Come ‘ere!
What are you going to do, bleed on me?

I’m invincible!
You’re a loony.

I always triumph!--Have at you!
Come on then!

All right; we’ll call it a draw.

Oh, oh, I see, flying away, ‘eh?

You orange fool! Come back here and take what’s coming to you…I’ll bite your leg off!

And if you haven’t already guessed, the script is adapted from the clash between The Black Knight and King Arthur in Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail.


Bewildermunster said...

What beautiful birds! LOL I love the commentary, such chivalrous knights.

Dawn said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! And I like the story too:)

fishducky said...

Very clever--& beautiful photos!!

joeh said...

Really cool! Nice pics, story well told.

I'm guessing there was a lady Oriole involved.

One of my favs. Used to be many varieties including the Baltimore Oriole, but they merged so often they are now all just Orioles.

Anonymous said...

No winners, no losers...just a lot of fluff and feathers.

Elizabeth said...

Lucky you!

Terry and Linda said...

I saw my first Oriole yesterday. It was a shock and a delight all at once!


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Linda Sue said...

hahahahaha the black knight hahahahaha Such excellent photography, Leenie. Such beautiful , fancy birds. Your dismal winters are well worth the wait for flashes such as these! LOVE

Maude Lynn said...

These are amazing!

Val said...

No Orioles in these parts. Fantastic photos! Such high drama!

TALON said...

Awesome captures, Leenie! Laughing out loud at the dialogue. I think that's exactly what they were saying. Men! :)

Alica said...

I've been seeing Orioles on numerous blogs lately...but none outside my window! They are gorgeous! You've captured some great shots..and of course the dialogue is entertaining as well! :)

Anonymous said...

Well matched! Both the birds and the dialogue!