Once upon a time I published a post about big birds. That was in October 2013. My standards have changed considerably since then.
In this post I polish things up. I omit birds that have gone away. I include birds that have newly arrived on our scene. And I freshen up some photos.
While at 1609 Beverly, let us note several quirky metal beasts which are not chickens.
I first noticed this eagle while leading a Quirky Berkeley walk. It is so big I assumed that it was new, not a miss.
Of course! What a noble bird. This may in fact be best in show.
I showed the bird photos to my friend and asked for his opinion.
He wanted to talk about the original Sesame Street Big Bird. Of course.
“This is bigger than you think, this Big Bird thing. Here’s how Big Bird started. He very much changed over the years.
“Other Sesame Street Muppet characters are technically ageless, Big Bird is psychologically written to represent a six-year-old.”
“The costume is partially assembled by American & Fancy Feather, using the tail feathers from turkeys; as the feathers are rarely clean, company owner Anthony Trento calls the Big Bird costume his ‘toughest customer.’ Sesame Workshop is said to reject roughly 90 percent of all the feathers selected for use on the costume.”
In October 2018, we learned that the longtime Big Bird Actor Carol Spivvey was bailing.
“There you have it. Big Bird Down and dirty.”
I went along with his enthusiasm, asking for his final opinion on the post.