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52,209.  Flitting across the waves and shallow straits,

Sheer ecstasy she glides in graceful flight,

From lands afar, from royal kingdoms borne

High mystery beyond the common sight.

 

Petitely formed, a ball of beak and bone

Thy size shall never match thy wisdom sought

By restless souls forbidden yet to know

And break the crest of animated thought.  esias [In praise of Hardy', Shelley' and Keats's dickies] 1969

 

 

52,235.  ... Lived its meek life; then, one day, fell -

A little ball of feather and bone;

And how it perished, when piped farewell,

And where it wastes, are alike unknown ...

 

Go find it, faeries, go and find

That tiny pinch of priceless dust,

And bring a casket silver-lined,

And framed of gold that gems encrust ... Thomas Hardy, Shelley’s Skylark

 

 

52,233.  An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,

In blast-beruffled plume,

Had chosen thus to fling his soul

Upon the growing gloom.

 

So little cause for carolings

Of such ecstatic sound

Was written on terrestrial things

Afar or nigh around,

That I could think there trembled through

His happy good-night air

Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew

And I was unaware.  Thomas Hardy, The Darkling Thrush 1900

 

 

95,257.  The thrushes sing as the sun is going,

And the finches whistle in ones and pairs,

And as it gets dark loud nightingales

In bushes

Pipe, as they can when April wears,

As if all Time were theirs ...  Thomas Hardy, Proud Songsters

 

 

95,262.  The community of fowls to which Tess had been appointed as supervisor, purveyor, nurse, surgeon, and friend, made its headquarters in an old thatched cottage standing in an enclosure that had once been a garden, but was now a trampled and sanded square.  The house was overrun with ivy, its chimney being enlarged by the boughs of the parasite to the aspect of a ruined tower.  (Countryside & Bird)  Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

 

 

1,142.  I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulette I could have worn.  (Life’s Like That & Birds)  Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854

 

 

5,674.  Seeing these birds of paradise – these entirely new birds of paradise - must have been an extraordinary culmination of his quest. (Evolution & Birds)  Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero II: Wallace in the Spice Islands

 

 

5,704.  Because it’s an archipelago, because the islands are within reach, it is a recipe for division of species.  Every now and again one or two finches gets blown across, because that happens rather seldom, there’s time for it to evolve in a different way on the new island. (Evolution & Birds & Islands & Species)  Professor Richard Dawkins, interview Darwin’s Brave New World

 

 

8,643.  According to local legend a bird was responsible for the seamless construction.  Legends say the winged creature carried a powerful chemical in its beak – a substance capable of melting stone.  (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Peru & Inca & Bird & Stone)  Ancient Aliens: Unexplained Structures s2e8

 

 

39,637.  He conquered the world at the age of twenty.  But the chaos that follows the self-styled baddest man on the planet trampled anyone in his way.  ‘Tyson bit Evander Hollyfield twice’.  Now aged forty-four Mike’s rejected drugs and alcohol, embraced religion and undergone years of therapy.   Now Mike has turned to the one thing in his life he’s always cared about.  Determined to leave his bad behaviour in the past the former boxer is taking up bird racing.  He’s returning home to New York and back to the people and the birds he grew up with.  To a secret world that exists on the City’s skyline.  Mike’s swapping the ring for the rooftops to compete in a six-month-long pigeon racing season ... Mike’s team of beginners is going up against seasoned pros.  (Boxing & Birds & New York)  Taking on Tyson

 

39,638.  At the age of eleven an encounter with a sadistic gang member flicked a switch in young Mike Tyson’s mind.  It was the bloody death of a bird that provoked Mike to throw his first ever punch.  (Boxing & Gangstas & Birds)  ibid.

 

 

39,677.  The first thing I ever loved in my life – I loved the pigeons.  (Boxing & Birds)  Mike Tyson

 

 

25,377.  A large black bird flying towards me, shrieking, attacking me.  (Star Trek & Bird)  Star Trek: Voyager: The Raven s4e6, Seven of Nine to Doctor & Janeway

 

 

26,438.  Baldrick:  It’s got a little ring round its neck.  There’s a novelty.

 

George:  Oh really.  Is there a paper hat as well?

 

Baldrick:  No, but there’s a joke.  (World War I & Bird)  Curtis & Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth: Plan B - Corporal Punishment

 

26,439.  I sent our top bird.  Speckled Jim.  My own true love who’s been with me since I was a nipper.  (World War I & Bird)  ibid.  Melchett to Blackadder

 

26,440.  You shot my speckled Jim!  (World War I & Bird)  ibid.

 

26,441.  The case before us is that of the Crown v Captain Edmund Blackadder, the Flanders Pigeon Murderer!  (World War I & Bird)  ibid.  Melchett

 

 

30,839.  I see all the birds are flown.  (England & Charles I & Parliament & Birds)  Charles I, House of Commons 4th January 1642

 

 

56,730.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  (Proverb & Bird)  Mid-15th century proverb

 

 

56,753.  The early bird catches the worm.  (Proverb & Bird)  Mid-17th century proverb

 

 

51,470.  Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.  (Pollution & Birds)  Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 

 

 

51,727.  Archaeopteryx:  Not the legs of a wizard but the wings of a bird.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, Life on Earth VIII: Lords of the Air 

 

51,728.  With song and dance, identities are established.  (Animals & Birds)  ibid.

 

 

52,279.  The air speed record is held a smaller flyer – a swift ... a hundred and seventy kilometres an hour.  (Birds & Animals)  David Attenborough, Life on Earth (revised series), Fish, Birds & Reptiles

 

52,280.  Feathers have enabled birds to master the air.  (Birds & Animals) ibid.

 

 

51,752.  In the Russian Arctic at the beginning of the brief summer snow geese babies are hatching.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Trials of Life II: Growing Up

 

 

51,758.  These Great Skewers ... are pirates ... and they are also extremely skilful hunters – they are killers.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Trials of Life IV: Hunting and Escaping

 

 

51,770.  Weaver birds are the great experts – it’s the males who do the building.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Trials of Life VI: Home Making

 

 

51,793.  But this is a Blue-footed Boobie.  And when a male starts to court a female he leaves her in no doubt about that.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Trials of Life XI: Courting

 

51,794.  Surely the most spectacular of all is the display of the peacock.  (Animals & Birds)  ibid.

 

 

51,800.  Yellow-billed choughs go as high as any bird in the world.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Living Planet I: A Portrait of the Earth: The Building of the Earth, BBC 1984

 

 

51,809.  Not all owls use nest-holes; the Eagle owl nests on the ground often among rocks.  (Animals & Birds)  David Attenborough, The Living Planet: The Northern Forests III

 

 

52,606.  Golden eagles patrol these cliffs in search of the weak or injured.  (Animals & Earth & Mountains & Birds)  David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Mountains e2

 

 

52,631.  A male blue bird of paradise is advertising for a mate.  It’s quite a performance.  But he is not the only bird of paradise here keen to make an impression.  There are nearly forty different kinds on the island of New Guinea.  (Animals & Earth & Jungle & Birds & New Guinea)  David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Jungles e8

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