Magpies – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Close Eyes/Point/Write


Magpies – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Close Eyes/Point/Write

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 8/19


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “open book, point, write.” Pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it. Enjoy!


Well, this should be interesting! Our always amazing hostess, Linda G. Hill, has given us this prompt. Thanks, Linda!

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So, I’m to get the closest book to me right this minute, close my eyes, point to some part of the page, then write about what it was I pointed to. Okay…

How close is close? Where should the book be? Should it be the one on top of the desk, the one on the middle shelf of the desk, the shelf to the left of me, or the table to the right of me?

Actually, none of the books nearest me are what you’d call ‘reading’ type books.

To the left is my old diary, that I kept and wrote in when I was 10 years old. I post some of these sometimes.

On the desk here, top shelf, is my little notebook I write Haiku for Cats in.

The next shelf down is a bird identifier book.

And, to the right I have pencil puzzle books, crossword books, and coloring books.

So … I’ll choose the bird book. Here’ goes!

First a photo of the book:



Here’s the random page, and I’d pointed to the first paragraph. The first line says ‘The magpie’s streaming, dark green, iridescent tail is as striking and diagnostic as its black-and-white plumage pattern.


Okay, then. First of all, I’ve never seen a magpie around here. I don’t think our part of the country is part of their normal territory. I may be mistaken, but from the little map included on the page, it doesn’t show it’s range as being here. They are much farther west.

I’d like to see one. Aren’t they supposed to be pretty smart, and can learn to talk? I’ve heard they like to find shiny objects to take. Or maybe that is crows? I never see crows here, either. Except one time when I was a kid, there was a crow (I think). He kept chasing this one little friend of mine who had blonde hair. I guess he wanted some of her shiny blonde hair for it’s nest, I don’t know. All I remember is we kids would all go running when that bird was dive bombing us.

The birds we have around here are mostly doves, sparrows, and grackles. Occasionally I’ll see a blue jay, or a cardinal, or a hawk. There are sea/lake ? gulls that fly over the little lake by our house. And there are cranes over there, too. They are fun to watch.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for writing about magpies.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! 🙂


Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

5 responses »

  1. Magpies, crows, ravens, jackdaws, rooks, jays, and a whole bunch of other birds are corvids. Corvids are supposedly the most intelligent birds known to man. They’re all attracted to shiny objects to a greater or lesser extent. I like the corvids, especially the crows, which we get a lot of during the winter. Noisy birds, which might be why I like them so much.

    • Thanks, John!
      That’s all so interesting about these type of birds. I saw a flock of crows one time at my daughter’s house in Missouri. I had to ask what they were, as they were very noisy as they flew by. 🙂

  2. I don’t recall ever seeing a magpie, but I see plenty of crows. That dive-bombing memory made me think of the movie, The Birds. It was a Hitchcock movie that came out when I was a kid and made me scared of birds for a while. Thankfully I’m over it now. Mostly.

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