Thursday, April 22, 2010

Redpoll - Maree

“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”

Common Red-poll {Corduelis flammea}

I was visiting a friend last week to see how it's going with the Red Bishop she took over from me - he somehow lost a WHOLE wing as a fledgling in my garden - and I saw this little unknown bird (to me) in her aviary and enquired what it was. Turned out it's a Common Red-poll from the US, which she had bought at a pet shop. If I had my way, all pet shops would be banned from selling anything besides cats and dogs, and even that is a stretch for me.


  1. Oh but she is so lovely, and has a good home. It is SAD how we treat so many animals - especially those we eat ;-(

  2. This is lovely.

    I just stumbeled upon this blog and I am amazed of all the wonderful pieces here! I will follow this blog!

  3. Despite its name it is not a common bird here in the States. I am shocked that it is sold as a pet. We have House Finches here in the states that are all over the place and they started as a pet store bird. They are hardy birds.

  4. I love this Maree - The colours ar so fresh! It's such a shame when birds are kept in a cage. They should be free! Lovely sketch :0)

  5. Thank you Sandra! I agree, it should not be allowed.


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