Perhaps I should have a contest to see who can come up with how to get my bird-brained husband out of the tree? And you'd get a feather in your cap?????
Let me explain these photos. My dear, beloved, ever-so-cherished husband likes birds. Apparently a lot. And our lovely North Dakota Weather has turned foul, with another one of our relentless blizzard warnings.
So what does my husband do for winter-preparedness? Why, he gets out the 6 foot ladder, climbs to the very tip of it. . . .
Oh, but wait! That's not high enough!
So he swings himself into the tree. The rotted, brittle-limbed, ugly tree that birds really love, because apparently birds like almost dead trees, so they can feast on bugs that are infesting the tree. . . .
And up he goes ANOTHER 6 feet into the tree! All so he can refill the bird feeder.
But why stop there? Maybe it's time to do a little house maintenance. You know, on the roof of the two-storied house, but grabbing a long-handled rake and swinging it overhead . . . .
. . . . to shovel some of the snow off the roof.
Of course, if you are Doug, you can defend to your complaining wife that you were totally safe the entire time, but look how thin these branches are compared to his foot. These BRITTLE, ALMOST DEAD branches, which you might be having trouble getting your foot on, and have to struggle a bit for your footing 18 to 20 feet above the ground!
"Traditionally, birds have been considered inferior in intelligence to mammals, and derogatory terms such as bird brains have been used colloquially in some cultures. Such perceptions are no longer considered scientifically valid. The difficulty of defining or measuring intelligence in non-human animals makes the subject difficult for scientific study. " (Wikipedia)
Bird-brained? Maybe not, because birds, at least know they can fly!