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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Eleventh Day of Christmas and other Stuff

It's The Eleventh Day of Christmas, the day when someones's true love gave to them (according to a song) eleven ladies dancing, ten pipers piping, nine drummers drumming, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. In honor of Christmas's Eleventh Day, I've posted my photos of ornaments that were created in honor of today's occasion of ladies dancing.

A web-page has this to say the Eleventh Day: "The dancing is a code word for passion and courtship. The dancing ladies are Lapwings that wildly wheel, roll, and tumble in the air during courtship displays..."

I've never had the pleasure of seeing a Lapwing in courtship or otherwise,  but I have seen birds (including Northern cardinals, House Finches, Mourning Doves, and Blue Jays) exhibiting courtship behavior when they have visited my rooftop garden (as evidenced below).

All of the aforementioned birds and many many more are included within my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.

Here is the purchase info for the series:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC):

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Now available on Amazon @ and can be ordered from any place selling books by giving them the title and/or ISBN, which once again is 978099637853.

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