Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cowbird





An especially handsome male cowbird was sitting in the tree near the footbridge. He had with him two light gray, slim female cowbirds. I don't know if cowbirds are polygamists. If there are birds that mate for life, mourning doves, geese, for example, then other marital arrangements could be possible in the bird world. Or, this little fellow is just exceptional.

His coloring is exceptional, a brown head, with a wreath of indigo around his chest and the top of his wings.  The rest of him, to his tail feathers, is a dark, ash gray. He was all the colors I was looking for.
I suppose I fell for him, too.

The scarf is made of unbleached and washed linen, and cotton, and silk. The weave is my summer favorite, Swedish myggtjÀll, or mosquito net. The scarf is a simple, rustic check, and Japanese inspired. Fresh from the loom, it has a lot of body, but, as with all linen, will soften with time and wear.

8 comments:

ladyoftheloom said...

I really like your weaving work Susan. And I don't think I have seen a more beautiful cowbird!

sosser said...

utterly lovely scarf - and story of it's inspiration :)

Sue said...

you almost make me like the cowbird. He is pretty, but the cowbirds do not raise their own babies. They lay their eggs in other birds nests and the other bird ends up raising the babies, sometimes to the detriment of their own chicks.

Joanna said...

Beautiful, and beautifully photographed!

Susan said...

Cowbirds have a bad rep. But, sometimes we fall for trouble, especially when it looks so good

Velma said...

seeing the fiber and the bird's connectedness is good.

fifi said...

so beautiful.........

kindred threads said...

Lovely scarf, beautiful bird, tub in the woods...?