Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Little Birds Legs


So needle slender, you’d think they might snap on a blustery day.

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Not sure what breed it is, not one I’ve seen around this neck of the woods

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As I mentioned in a pervious post, St Davids in the spring belongs to the birds and there were other sightings of slender legs; Mrs Ogg declared that one of the advantages of the passing years was that you could take your fashion inspirations from the school playground,  as shown here, the spring collection, primary, reception class.

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I have to say if I tried horizontal stripes I’d look more like upper sixth, first IV rugby than reception class. sigh.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Little Birds Legs

  1. looks a bit like a baby european robin.
    amazing photos.

  2. I too have often marvelled at the tininess of some creatures and the fact that they having perfectly working limbs packed into such a small frame.

    It’s not just the size that is remarkable but also the speed that this confers. When you or I start to move, it takes a measurable time to overcome the considerable inertia of a heavy body, whereas a small bird seems to go from stillness to flight instantaneously.

    This makes it difficult to get close enough for a clear photo so you did well.

    Birds are remarkable enough but then look at the legs of a hoverfly or the antennae of an ant…

  3. Liking the stripes – I’d look even shorter if I tried that look.

  4. I’ve always loved stripes and I don’t want to be reminded that I shouldn’t wear them. I love those tights. And I agree that infants school fashions are far more inspiring than adults. Trouble is getting them in the larger sizes.

  5. Trust you to find images that say spring without a cliche in the bunch. I would like to be splashing about on that rainy playground on sturdy little people legs, yes indeed. Those were the days.

  6. Some sort of a warbler, I’d say – maybe a Willow warbler? Hard to tell them apart unless they’re singing…

  7. Fabulous post – and great wellies!

  8. The first photo is terrific but I don’t know what it is! xx

  9. Flycatcher? Vireo? You got me there. You’re right about how quick they are, flitting and flickering about. You were really quick on the draw there.
    I avoid stripes simply because I’m not into stripes. I prefer solid colors. However, I could be coerced to wear red and white striped leggings under a skirt fairly easily. . . .

  10. Dovedale, Derbyshire has some lovely birds here throughout the year. Sometimes they chirp so much that it sounds like a bird sanctuary!

  11. Great legs, bird and Ogg. I too am finding that returning to childish accessories can be an amusing thing as one ages.

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