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Out of nowhere!

Query: I was taking photos of a flight of stairs that leads from my back yard into the neighboring woods. When I looked at my photos on the camera, one of the photos showed something sitting on the steps. It wasn’t there before I took the picture, and it wasn’t there after, and I didn’t even notice it when I was taking the picture. It looks like a bird, and it really freaked me out! Could this be an Imaginary?

Answer: This is not an Imaginary, but a model of a bird made out of sticks. Based on the style of the model of the bird in the photo you sent us, I’d say that it could have been made by any one of several tribes of tree-dwelling fairies.

There are dozens of tribes of huldufolk living in the Americas, each with their own unique cultures and customs. Many tribes of huldufolk that live in the trees specialize in the care of birds and other winged creatures, both real and Imaginary. Among them, a few of the tree-dwelling huldufolk of the eastern woodlands in the United Stated, sometimes referred to as “tree fairies,” have become very skilled in twig art, which they may have developed after studying the nest-building activities of the birds they attend.

On only one occasion to date, an example of the twig art of a tree-dwelling fairy tribe was recovered from the top branches of a felled tree. The rest of what we know comes from sudden glimpses of twig art that disappears as suddenly as it appears. As tree fairies are very quick, they are capable of dashing in and setting up their twig art in the blink of an eye, and removing it again just as swiftly, as if it were never there.

Why the tree fairies do this is uncertain, but we believe that they may allow some humans to see their art as a way of expressing their appreciation. Have you done something nice for a bird lately? That a tribe of tree fairies chose to offer you a glimpse of a twig art bird may indicate that they wish to thank you for some service you did for our feathered friends.

You are very fortunate to have had a glimpse of tree fairy twig art. Very few people have that privilege. Keep doing what you’re doing to be kind to the birds.


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