Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

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Noticing the Little Ordinary Things
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By Betsy J. Green

WAY BACK WHEN in March 1919, the war in Europe was in the past, and folks in Santa Barbara had time to relax and turn their attention to the ordinary wonders around them as attested to by an editorial in the local paper about a tiny, ordinary bird.

“To none do we give winter crumbs more willingly than to the house wren. That busy little bit of feathers. Perky, saucy, unafraid; just seems to know that nobody would be ornery enough to harm him.”

(Image: New York Public Library)

Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com

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Flicka Mar 09, 2019 03:54 PM
Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

Years ago I loaned a horse to friends way out in the boondocks up by Paso Robles. When he was returned they brought me a good sized bird nest made almost exclusively with my horse's long black mane and/or tail hairs, probably picked up after they'd groomed him. There were no other horses around.

Z Mar 09, 2019 03:36 PM
Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

Mama Raven in the neighborhood spends a good bit of time on the horses' backs in the spring. They seem to like it and she takes some mane hair for her nest.

REX OF SB Mar 09, 2019 11:00 AM
Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

Aww, I like those little wrens. One spring, I noticed that some wrens had built a nest in the balcony eaves directly above my gas BBQ, so I couldn't use the BBQ for the entire summer. The little nest was completely lined with fur from my Huskies that the wrens had scavenged from the garden.

bjgreen Mar 09, 2019 12:10 PM
Noticing the Little Ordinary Things

How fun! Good for you, Rex! I had a friend who had an English Sheepdog, and birds would sometimes land on the dog's back and try to grab a bit of hair. I don't think the dog minded, though.

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