My husband's goddaughter has a tattoo of a bluebird perched on flowering branches.  It's  quite lovely, with vibrant blue, pink, orange, yellow and green.  If I'm remembering this correctly, she said it took six hours.

Much nicer than the tats my high-school friends gave each other in their kitchens with a sewing needle and bottle of ink!

Sherry McCowan
Saint Louis, Missouri

On Dec 13, 2011, at 10:23 AM, Amy J. Hoffman wrote:

I love this post! I don't have a bird tattoo, but I have thought about getting a second tat (currently have the Korean characters for TaeKwon-Do on my foot), and a bird is a great idea. Or perhaps the oft-quoted line from the Pablo Neruda poem, "Bird by bird I've come to know the earth."
Amy J. Hoffman
Jefferson City
Cole County
Food helps those who help themselves.

From: David Scheu <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:07 AM
Subject: Ornithological ornamentation

There are quite a few birds in my Christmas ornament collection too. This year most have migrated from the tree to the door wreath and stair garland.
Speaking of bird-themed decorations, I was recently comparing notes with Mick Richardson about our Thanksgiving trips. Cathy and I went to Boston, taking a Black Friday trip to Parker River NWR where we saw two Snowy Owls and 130-some Snow Buntings, along with loads of sea ducks and loons. Mick went to Philadelphia where the winter birding was also exciting, but apparently some of the most stunning birds in Philly were tattooed on the bodies of local birders. He reported:
"One woman had a Cedar Waxwing on her inner, upper arm. A man had a full size Magnolia Warbler on the outside of his upper arm. Both these birds were in full color and had full color backgrounds. Another guy had a lot of black tattoos. One leg had a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. The other had some sort of Drongo with long tail feathers."
It makes me wonder. Do any  MOBirders celebrate their ornithological obsessions with body art?
Dave Scheu
St. Louis, MO

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