If My Dad Were A Bird…

I have developed a bit of an odd quirk, and since I trust you won’t judge me too harshly, I’ll share it with you: I often look at people and pair them with birds based on their behaviors and personality traits.  For example, if my Mom were a bird, she would be a Tufted Titmouse.  And if my Aunt Jane were a bird (she’s quite a colorful character) she would be a male Eastern Bluebird.  Well, if my Dad were a bird, there is no doubt he would be a Brown-headed Nuthatch.


These birds are friendly, curious, and quite social.  They get along with most of the other backyard visitors, but don’t seem to be intimidated by the bully birds.

This fellow was watching me and talking to me while I filled up the feeder.



They also chatter cheerfully (at least it seems cheerful to me) when they come to snatch some peanuts. This definitely reminds me of my Dad, who happily hums when he is sneaking snacks out of the pantry.



I love all of my backyard birds, but these guys have a special place in my heart.






15 thoughts on “If My Dad Were A Bird…

  1. Lovely shots Kathy, and we can see people like birds as you say My quirk is very similar, in using their behaviour to teach us. I often see people in the peculiar way particular birds behave. My new book ‘What Birds Teach Us’ will illustrate this when it is published in a few months.

  2. I really enjoyed your post, that was great! I have also noticed that different birds have different personalities and certain behaviors, just like people. I think I will start giving people I know a bird name based on their behavior or their personalities! I might get in trouble with some of the names I can think of!

  3. I do the same thing! I “birdify” my friends and family in my mind all the time! It is a very logical thing to do, as it shows you know birds and your family well! (At least, that’s what I tell myself. 🙂 )

  4. Kathy, you are a HOOT! (Hmm does that make you an owl? Probably not as you’d be scaring the birds away from your own feeders!) I really enjoyed this post and your photos, as always; thank you!

  5. Great post, Kathy. From now on I think I will be comparing people I know to birds. I’m trying to catch up with my commenting after a very busy month, so I just enjoyed looking back through your August posts. Everyone of them is wonderful. You remind me of the bird lady in Mary Poppins…one of my alltime favorite memory-makers.

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