Birds and Houses

A common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) calls out while sitting in a tree Tuesday morning on the West edge of Gallup.

The rest of the photos for today involve bird houses, decorated for charity. The basic birdhouses were purchased for cheap at a craft store, then given to various people in town to decorate them however they wished. Now they are gearing up to auction the houses off and the money will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A birdhouse depicts a scene from the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, where the wicked witch is crushed by Dorothy's house falling back to the ground after being picked up by a twister. This is just one of more than 80 bird houses for sale to raise money for the Relay for Life program to benefit the American Cancer Society.

While loading up more than 85 hand-decorated birdhouses, Relay for Life chair person Linda Shelton and Paul Graves pause Tuesday to examine one of the houses that is a replica of the Octavia Felin Library in Gallup. The birdhouses are up on display at various businesses around town, as well as on the internet at

This lion is actually a hand-decorated birdhouse and is part of the Relay for Life birdhouse auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Linda Shelton, the 2008 Relay for Life chairperson, left, and Jeanneen Underwood, share a laugh together Tuesday while preparing to distribute more than 80 custom decorated birdhouses to place on display at Gallup area businesses.

A variety of designs and colors adorn the roofs of hand-designed birdhouses that are part of the auction for Relay for Life

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