Alfred Hitchcock & The Birds


Every time I open the patio door to let the dogs out, a flock of birds lift up into the air in a wild swoosh that reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." 

Do you remember that movie from 1963? 

I didn't see it until I was a teen I don't think. I was just starting school around 1963. (We didn't have a kindergarten, so I went straight into the first grade.)

I recall that was one of the few movies that scared me half to death.


Alfred Hitchcock. I hadn't thought about him in years. He was often referred to as "The Master Of Suspense."

Movies back then sure were different than what they serve up now. 

I don't go to movies. The noise level is a bit too jarring for me.


I don't know how many squirrels are out there. But I see them chasing one another across the rooftops.


When a squirrel has his back to the patio while he drinks from the bird bath and swishes his tail, it just about drives poor Charlie crazy.


See that pink tongue on the right side of his mouth? He has one long tongue. And with only two teeth, I guess he has trouble keeping it in his mouth.


After the squirrels get a drink, they scurry back up the fence. I swear they taunt him by turning their heads away as if ignoring him. 

They are clever little rascals.


It gets tiring sitting at the patio doors shaking and quaking with rage at the squirrel antics. So every little bit he has a big yawn and then climbs the doggy steps to his bed to take a nap. 

I imagine it's pretty boring for those squirrels without having him there as an audience as they go about their crazy hijinks.


Then the squirrels go wherever squirrels go when Charlie isn't there to put a show on for. Maybe they sleep somewhere up in the tree branches. 

We get quite the nature show around here come summertime. 

Alfred Hitchcock could make a movie called "The Squirrels" but I doubt it would be as scary as "The Birds."

Unless the squirrels flew at your face like those birds did.

Those were wicked scary movies back then. 

Turn your sound up for old times sake if you want to see the final bird attack on YouTube. Click here to watch.

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980)
Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film. Alfred Hitchcock
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Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film. Alfred Hitchcock
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Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film. Alfred Hitchcock
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Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film. Alfred Hitchcock
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17 comments

  1. I watch Alfred Hitchcock TV reruns often...they are mostly sooo goofy...
    Sure good photos here....

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  2. that darling little Charlie!
    I love his daily routine. he enjoys his life. xo

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  3. I never actually watched that movie, which is probably just as well....the Mourning Doves scare me sometimes when I'm walking around my property, flying up out of the shrubbery when I'm least expecting it. Charlie is so cute, I just want to give him a big hug!!

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  4. Hi Brenda,
    Your squirrels look so big and plump, I think I'd be keeping an eye on them like Charlie. Speaking of Charlie, I w wondering what you feed him or is he on a liquid diet? I have a two little dogs, 14 and 15 and my heart is hurting watching them decline into the ravages of old age. (Old age? Weren't they just puppies?)
    I've been reading about canine cognitive decline syndrome and I can check off almost every box for my two. I doubt they would notice or care if a squirrel scampered over their sleeping bodies. You'd laugh at Scout's make mom go to bed routine. I need it to stop with this declining stuff. These guys are my life.

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    1. Charlie manages to eat what Abi does despite his only having two teeth. They both eat Hill's Prescription ID diet, which they've been eating for a long time due to their getting pancreatitis. They eat both canned and dry. Charlie isn't missing meals. He's a heavy little fella!

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  5. Oh my, that was a scary movie! So well done, Hitchcock was a master. Squirrels make me laugh but poor Charlie, I can see they drive him crazy. Its the hot days of July so I'm mostly reading around here. Hugs!

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  6. Poor Charlie! lol, he's so cute!

    Alfred Hitchcock scared the crap out of me... I used to have nightmares! lol, seems so silly now with the level of gore and fright that movies now days have... I don't do scary movies or books... I'm such a big chicken!

    Tania

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  7. Charlie is so adorable with his little tongue hanging out there. I love Hitchcock films. Rebecca is my all time favorite. Mrs. Danvers is just plain creepy.

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  8. I've never watched "The Birds" all the way through. I've watched the awful bird attack scene on youtube. (Why does she go into that room???) I'm not a fan of horror or suspence movies, because I hate how my stomach feels, like it is in knots. It's the same reason I hate roller coasters. Other people love the thrill of being scared like that, and that's fine for them! Hitchcock definitely was considered the master of such films in his time. I love to watch birds in our yard, but when you see them up close, they are a bit creepy!

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  9. I love that movie even to this day because of where they filmed parts of it. I have vacationed in Bodega Bay several times. They even have a really cool museum. The school house, restaurant and bell tower are all still there. Bodega Bay is quite beautiful and serene.

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  10. We have a squirrel come by once in a while, but today we have about 8 chipmunks running around. We put out birdseed on the ground and they are more fun to watch than TV. Our dog, Zoe, isn't really interested in them until the bunny comes out. I stay away from scary movies and books too. They pull me in and it becomes too real.

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  11. Your puppies are just the cutest, Brenda! And you take such good photos of the squirrels. I like seeing the feet so well; they almost look like they've had manicures! Or pedicures? I very much enjoy your blog! Bess

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  12. The Birds was the only Hitchcock movie that didn't scare me..hmm...love your photos of the squirrels...they definitely are rascals and flying through the air on attack would be terribly scary.

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  13. I just cracked up at this...yes I remember that movie and then was it Psycho where I was afraid to shower for awhile, ha ha!

    But mostly I was laughing because we just had a heavy rain and thunderstorm move through and I went out to the porch to find a bedraggled and wet little squirrel sharing it with me.

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  14. I have a friend who had a little dog like Charlie--I can't remember the name of the breed--and her tongue kind of hung out, too. Is it a neurological thing, do you think? Seems like she told me something like that. It's been quite a while ago

    Poor Charlie, though, with those pesky squirrels teasing him and then running away! But, then, he wouldn't know what to do with one if he caught it, would he? He might come out worse for wear, too, I'm thinking!

    Love your photos.

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  15. I love our squirrel pictures!!!! The Birds is on my list of favorite movies!!!!

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