Happy Holidays! In celebration of Christmas, we posted our own illustrated rendition of the classic Christmas Carol 'Twelves Days of Christmas'. We call our version the 'Twelve Birds of Christmas' - a species of bird for each day!
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
1. A partridge in a pear tree
2. Two turtle doves
3. Three French hens
4. Four colly birds | Four calling birds
While many versions of this song cite the lyric as 'four calling birds', an older version uses the term 'colly', a regional English word for 'black'.
5. Five golden rings | Five golden ring-necked pheasants
An interpretation of the five golden rings as five golden ring-necked pheasants.
6. Six geese a-laying
7. Seven swans a-swimming
8. Eight maids a-milking | Eight cattle egrets
For eight maids a-milking, we illustrated the cattle egret, a bird that spends much of its time around cattle.
9. Nine ladies dancing | Nine lapwings
Lapwings are well known for dancing in the sky during courtship.
10. Ten Lords A-Leaping | Ten Herons
Herons are lordly birds that leap into the air to take flight.