Stoned Birds and Other Weird Stuff

Stoned Birds and Other Weird Stuff

As you know I am out looking for birds two or three times a week which involves a lot of traveling around the city and surrounding areas. I have shown you photos of ships and museums, even zoo animals in past adventures since I do notice non-avian subjects. There is new construction and renovations going on all over, a lot of road work and occasionally a wreck or demolition. And off where the birds congregate I see way too much trash.

But, some stuff I see is just weird, y'all. 

Temporary art installation

Temporary art installation

We were at Rollover Pass last year coming back from High Island and this bit of strangeness caught my eye. Do you think the Icee cup adds to the artistic arrangement? Repetition of line is an important design component.

Two shoes on a green gate

Two shoes on a green gate

These shoes have been hanging on the gate to a pasture where two Longhorns reside at least since Summer. We check the area for a resident White Tailed Hawk regularly and no one has claimed the shoes. 

Strange furry footed shorebird

Strange furry footed shorebird

Sometimes your search for wildlife turns up unexpected subjects. This rat was munching on a dead fish at the Texas City Dike near where I stand to watch the birds fight over scraps from the fish cleaning guys.

You can bet I watch where I step after this encounter.

Color coordinated scare bird

Color coordinated scare bird

And then there are the fake birds that are supposed to scare off real birds. This Great Horned Owl is pretty fierce.

Once I started noticing and photographing them, they are everywhere, especially on the beach houses. I don't know if it is to keep roosting birds from pooping on your deck or disoriented birds from flying into the windows. There are 3 on the roof of the HEB on Westheimer at Kirkwood, so the practice is not limited to residential dwellings. 

On the job

On the job

I can't identify this owl species, but Amazon has a similar shaped one, and it has

Solar-powered dimly glowing eyes will turn on automatically at night and convince pests the owl is real and keep them away.

Who knew? And the glow in the dark eyes are supposed to keep birds away at night? There are bobble-headed ones that will move in the wind, a hawk, a raven which is supposed to be a pigeon deterrent and lots of tape and electronic devices.

Not sure if any of them work. My sister had a Cardinal who almost knocked himself out attacking his reflection in her bedroom window. Constantly. 

Fierce frog

Fierce frog

If you don't think bird statues will do the trick, how about a frog? This is one of THREE on a beach house on the Bluewater Highway. Well, not sure if it is technically a house, it is a trailer (or un-mobile home) with a deck built over it.

The three frogs might have magic spells to keep birds and other pests away. I am just sayin...

Pelican sentinel

Pelican sentinel

More common are yard decorations celebrating wildlife along the coast. Pelicans abound in yards and as driveway markers. Rules and restrictions in the beach communities seem to be properly focused on health and safety and not on regulating personal decisions of artistic expression on private property. 

Pelican art

Pelican art

Now, isn't that a cool looking bird? A lot of the beach houses are kitschy and over done with nautical themes but this guy was sleek and special.  Don't you imagine that was an impulse purchase at some high-dollar gallery in Rockport? There are some interesting metal birds made from discarded and repurposed metal objects, but this is a serious creation.  

I know, I started with weird and ended up on birds again! Just can't help it. Do you have any yard decorations? Would your HOA let you display Pink Flamingos in your yard? Or is that just too weird? Let me know in the comments below. 

Winter Shorebirds

Winter Shorebirds

The Big Boy Lens

The Big Boy Lens