There’s a flock of delightful little songbirds that are frequent visitors in my garden. They especially love the jatropha tree outside my kitchen window, so I often have the opportunity to watch them dart about looking for treats. They’re small, about 4 inches or so, and they look quite a bit like the Young Vermillion a la carte stamp (#124092, $7.95).
- Young Vermillion stamp
- Whisper White, So Saffron and Old Olive card stock
- Pocket Full of Posies and Patterns Designer Paper Stack Designer Series Paper
- Early Espresso, Old Olive and So Saffron Classic ink pads
- Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
- Uniball Signo White gel pen
- Piercing tool, mat and template
- Early Espresso 1 1/4 inch striped grosgrain ribbon
These little birds are known as Japanese White Eye or Mejiro, and they were introduced to the islands in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Back then, it was common to bring in non-native plants and animals, but we now know that this practice creates an imbalance in our delicate island eco-system. It’s not the little Mejiro’s fault, though, and the busy crowd in my jatropha don’t seem the least worried about their impact. They’re much too intent on something to eat, and they chatter and sing cheerfully with one another as they flit through the branches.