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Ortolan: the endangered songbird with the barbaric eating ritual

I have been thinking about reporting on this topic ever since I heard about it for the first time several weeks ago in Steve Barnes’ food writing class.

The Ortolan is a small songbird that you eat whole – bones and all – while a large dinner napkin is placed over your head like a shroud.

But it gets better. Or worse, depending on your point of view.

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Bird watching

The past few years I’ve been more into bird watching than I used to be. I’m going to try keeping up the bird feeders and “birdbath” (it’s a small thing hanging from the tree, not a stationary one) as the winter approaches and see what happens. There must be some non-migratory birds that will hang around, right?

Over the late summer and early fall we’ve had multiple chickadees, a cardinal and, more frequently as of late, a blue jay.

The blue jay is a big bully at the bird feeder, let me tell you. He screeches as he flies in, making sure everyone gets out of the way so he can eat as much as he wants.

Here are a couple photos I snagged of the cardinal and blue jay:

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