Identifying Birds & A Winner!


I spotted Audubon’s Masterpieces,

like a rare bird, hidden in a clearance

stack of books for $9.99~


Complete with 150 prints of John James Audubon’s

beautiful and scientific renderings~


Fun to compare his artistic illustrations with

our bird sightings at the lake~


Where we often see Osprey, Herons,

and occasionally the rare Blackhawk. . .



And are entertained by the aerial acrobatics

of Barn Swallows & Purple Martins~





And enjoy watching the Bluebirds nest~


I spotted a bird last week that

I’m still trying to identify. . .




Even Mr. Audubon’s Masterpieces

and detailed illustrations were no help~



Although it does bear a resemblance to

 the Carolina Turtle Dove or Common Magpie :)


I discovered it nesting in a bowl with other silverplate,

and endangered from the other knives

and flatware and becoming scratched~


 So like a good conservationist, I rescued it

and brought it home to roost!

Markings identified the knife as anchor Rogers AA~


If anyone has any information as to the species :)

or pattern, please let me know!


The winner of my

For the Birds Giveaway & Gift Card is. . .


. . . Susan at

 Savoring Time in the Kitchen!


Congratulations Susan and

thanks to all who entered!

  40 comments for “Identifying Birds & A Winner!

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    January 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Congrats to Susan! Your new knife is beautiful Mary! Love all of the great detail-enjoy:@)

  2. January 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations Susan! Mary, that knife is just gorgeous. I hope you find out the pattern and will be able to get more pieces. A tablescape with that pattern would be awesome!
    xoxo Kathi

  3. January 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    What a great price for the Audubon book. Most of them are snapped up quickly and dealers frame the prints for big bucks. I think I would just cherish the book to enjoy over and over. It is magnificent.

    Your knife is very beautiful too.

    I am beginning to see birds that have been away. Robins and our neighborhood hawk that resurfaces this time of year. The pair of hawks destroyed my neighbors begonia on her porch eating it down to the numbs while they were away! Actually just breaking off the stems and mutilating it. I think they were scratching for lizards that lived in the pots.

    Delightful post to start my day!

  4. January 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Congratulations Susan! Oh Mary that knife is beautiful!

  5. January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Congrats to Susan!
    Mary your knife is a trout server, but I’m unsure of the pattern. It might be by Crosby Hunnewell and Morse.
    I love your Audubon book with the lovely prints in it. My husband’s grandfather was the architect who designed the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, so we appreciate his scholarship and talent.

    Great post!
    Ricki Jill

  6. January 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

    You must have been so excited when you found that book, what a beautiful treasure! All your bird photography is stunning.

  7. Erika
    January 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Does the book have the Flamingo print??? Thats always been my favorite. I’d love to own that book!!! Great Find!

  8. January 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    A gorgeous book in the right hands~

  9. January 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

    That’s a pretty nice find! I like your pictures of your birds compared with the ones from the books! Pretty neat! Congrats to the winner of your giveaway!

  10. January 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations to Susan!
    Mary, your knife is beautiful. I wish I knew the pattern. You found a wonderful treasure with that book. My parents property in CT was right up against the Audubon preserve. They always had a wonderful display of birds at their feeders.

  11. January 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hi Mary, I started reading your post but got happily lost in your links! I am wondering if your neighbors think “there goes the crazy blog lady floating under the deck with her camera”… The blackhawk is made right here in CT and my hubby and son (with the Scouts) have been in the factory and even sat in one. Quite impressive, although when they fly over our house the windows do shake. Your bird shots are fabulous!!! We have three different woodpeckers on ours right now and with the extreme cold expected this weekend we will have to refill it each day. Linda

  12. January 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Congratulations to Susan! Thank You for hosting a wonderful Givaway!
    Love the book you found. What beautiful birds!

  13. January 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

    The knife is beautiful but I am in LOVE with that book…wow what a find! I so enjoy your posts because of all the birds you show – I too collect bird themed home items, but collection is just in the beginner stages…I am so in awe of yours!

  14. January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Oh my gosh, THANK YOU, Mary! I’m absolutely thrilled! I’ll get my info to you shortly.

    Beautiful book and photos. As much as I love the beautiful bird prints your bird photos are wonderful. I love the barn swallows all lined up on the rope. Wish I could help on the knife – great find!

  15. January 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    What a beautiful book and at a GREAT price. Love your new knife too!!! It is FRIGID here right now so any bird watching is being done through the windows! Have a great day. XO, pinky Congrats to Susan!

  16. January 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Gorgeous!! Knife,book, images!

    Congratulations to Susan!

  17. Lulu
    January 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I have a very old book of Audubon reproductions that I found I. An antique shop several years ago. It’s big and heavy, and I love holding it in my lap and browsing its pages.i

  18. January 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations to Susan. Great find on the book and the knife. Good luck IDing the species!!!! :D :D

  19. January 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I really enjoyed reading your blog today!! Your photographs are awesome!!

  20. January 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Your book is beautiful!
    Congrats to my friend Susan!
    The only birds flying today will have fur coats on! It is 14 deg!

  21. January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    First of all congrats to Susan!…and I cannot believe you found that gorgeous book for $9.99….the pictures are just stunning!…and love the detail on the knife…Hope you find out the “species” and “pattern”…..
    Have a great day…it is really cold here today!!..

  22. January 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I always figured you to be a conservationist of the finest ilk! Kudos to you for rescuing that beautiful knife! :-) I’m going to let my Mom know about this post. She is an avid bird watcher. She and my Dad both could make an entire afternoon of it!

  23. January 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    That book is amazing! Gorgeous illustrations and your bird photos are right up there also. Love the sweet knife!! Congrats to Susan!
    hugs, Linda

  24. January 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Congrats to Susan. Lucky lady! These illustrations are so beautiful. What a great find. I always keep my eyes open for something like that but nothing yet. Your own photos are wonderful. The butter knife is sweet. Enjoy the day. Pamela

  25. January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Your new book is an incredible find, and it’s so nice to know such a treasure has fallen into the hands of a true bird lover. Your photographs are beautiful.

  26. Gay
    January 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Mary, love the book. I have a set of Audubon Nature Encyclopedia left to me by a great, great uncle and they are a treat.
    I do live a treasure hunt! Could you post two more pics of your lovely server knife? One of the back stamp and one of the entire piece including the actual handle? The AA was a designation of the quality of the silver plate. There were many, many silver companies with Rogers in the name.

  27. Paula
    January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Your photos of the Audubon prints are lovely, as too are the photos you’ve captured of the birds at your lake! We live on a small lake and have seen a vast array of birds and wildlife over the years and are always amazed by the variety and their beauty! They are so fun to watch! I look forward to your postings and marvel at all the beautiful and creative things you come up with! Thanks for sharing with us!

  28. January 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Mary, the book was a wonderful find. Audubon’s plates are all gorgeous. This book belongs in your library. And the knife, it too has found the perfect home. I smile at the way you share these treasures………always so cleverly! ~ Sarah
    PS ~ I changed my comment settings last night because of recent spam. Please let me know if you have difficulty leaving a comment. Thanks!

  29. carolyn
    January 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Always enjoy seeing your beautiful bird photos. Birds on a rope has been a favorite from the beginning. What a book find. If you take the time to dig in the piles, somrtimes you get lucky. The knife is exquisite. Carolyn NC

  30. January 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations to Susan on the win!

    Mary, you are one of the luckiest people I know…that book was a real score and the knife is gorgeous! I hope you find the name of the pattern.

    I’ve always enjoyed your photos of the wildlife around you. Your ‘camera eye’ is very talented!

  31. Joan
    January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Love your blog…..mmmmmm……I have a new appreciation for THE book since I have one from a dollar bag sale at a local library!

  32. January 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful book–Audobon prints are always so beautifully detailed–and the knife is just lovely! And such a gorgeous, stylish birdfeeder! I’m sure that our local pair of blue jays would love to trade our shabby-chic wooden feeder for a weekend escape to your deluxe birdhouse retreat! :-)

  33. Debbie C.
    January 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations to my friend Susan! What a beautiful knife!

  34. January 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    The spreader with bird is darling. Just all it Beautiful. Yay for Susan.

  35. kim
    January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Lucky you to find that book and that knife.

  36. January 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    What a fabulous find in the Audubon book and the butter knife with the swallows?. I’d love to know the pattern if you should find out. I looked online, but with little success. Congratulations to Susan for winning.

  37. January 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

    What a fantastic find that book is! I love the pattern on the knife. No help I’m afraid in identifying the maker but I believe the bird may be a swift.
    Good luck with your hunt.

  38. January 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I love anything with birds. Love the illustrations. :)

  39. Jane Greene
    February 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Here is a website with information for your beautiful butter knife. It was made in 1882. Hope the info is helpful! Jane

    • February 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks so much Jane!!

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