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Weasel and the Swan

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Today I played the banjo to a swan for an hour. There were three of them in the big field behind the house, but two of them flew away while I was fetching my ‘jo. Have you ever heard a swan fly? It’s like heavy machinery. Whuff-whuff-whuff-whuff.

I intended to write a song especially for him. I was going to call it There’s a Swan in the Big Field Behind the House. But I suck at composing so, really, I just played some of my favorite odd chords at him before settling down to a standard bluegrass repertoire.

First he stood on one leg for a while. Then he stood on the other leg for a while. Then he tucked his head under his wing and had a little kip. Then his friends came back and they all flew off together.

A most enjoyable afternoon.

Have a good Easter, everyone!

Comments


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 14, 2017, 9:04 pm

I’d heard Her Majesty’s Swans prefer kipping on their back.
Beautiful birds swans, lovely plumage.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 14, 2017, 10:27 pm

The Weasel and Swan sounds like a good name for a pub. Maybe you can compose a drinking song for a weasel and swan instead of an ode. I wondered about the swans, if enough baby swans had survived to adulthood (the ones Uncle Badger photographed—last spring? I can’t remember). I meant to ask ask about them when the bird quarantine was enacted.

 


Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: April 14, 2017, 11:12 pm

Aaaaahhhhh! I needed, at the end of this week,to experience the HUGE smile that brought to my face! Wish there were video of weasel playing to swan, but I guess that would create some serious problems with anonymity; I’ll just have to imagine it, I guess…

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 14, 2017, 11:14 pm

You have heard of the story Leda and the Swan, havent you? I’ve seen some rather anatomically correct statues of old Leda and her Swan-man — mostly in Italy. :)

If you like playing to critters, seals/otters enjoy guitar music on the beach and will stick their heads out and listen. I’m sure they would love banjo, too.

 


Comment from dissent555
Time: April 15, 2017, 3:27 am

Did I make it in time for the Ace-lanche!

Was there/will there be an earth-shattering KABOOM?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 15, 2017, 9:13 am

Ric Fan: I was thinking of the Renaissance obsession with Leda and the swan when I chose that headline. I thought about making a SAXY, SAXY joke about it, but I couldn’t think of one.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 15, 2017, 3:10 pm

April had her baby! :)

 


Comment from Niña
Time: April 16, 2017, 4:58 am

Finally! And he looks healthy, too.

Happy Easter, everyone!

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 16, 2017, 4:21 pm

Nina: He came out so tiny and appears to have double in size in less than 24 hours.

Happy Easter to you and everyone, too. :)

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 16, 2017, 10:13 pm

Anybody lose an Archbishop?

Remains of five ‘lost’ Archbishops of Canterbury found

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39613462

Why do coffins in underground crypts always look like they’ve just been thrown in? Earthquakes? Shifting foundation? Flooding? (tho I see no evidence of wetness).

 


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: April 17, 2017, 1:13 am

Stoaty, have you seen this http://m.imgur.com/gallery/JCahp

Happy Easter!

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 17, 2017, 12:28 pm

They weighted and took photos of themselves with the baby giraffe yesterday. I cd understand weighing him but the photos? Mom is frantically pacing in the other pen. When done, keeper opened gate and ran out before he got a good stomping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITSQhMTjtsc

Interestingly, she let 1 female keeper in to examine her calf while she was present. Less threatening than the others, I assume.

 


Comment from Niña
Time: April 17, 2017, 8:46 pm

I think she likes that female keeper best. Hormones, probably. 😇

 


Comment from jack frazier
Time: April 18, 2017, 3:52 am

is this what you were playing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvv5gL1pGb0

 

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