My birdfeeders are busy every day. The rosebreasted grosbeaks and the red finches love the safflower seeds I bought to attract cardinals (no luck).
The goldfinches and (unwelcome) cowbirds) love the finch food. The blankety-blank blackbirds love everything…and so does the red squirrel. Between blackbirds and the red squirrel I know I could shoot a gun and actually kill a creature!!!!
I am so tired of those pests.
I watched an eagle soar yesterday on the air currents which were strong due to a south wind pulling in warm, damp air from the southeast. What majesty!
The huge eagle did not even move its wings–it just kept on soaring.
One of my past teaching colleagues had a cup that said: “Don’t let the turkeys get you down; soar with the eagles”
Ben Franklin wanted the national bird to be the wild turkey and it would have been apt…..turkeys are native birds but so are eagles and I much prefer the beautiful bald eagle. We see so many of them now. Decades ago..due to DDT—there were no eagles to be seen around here but all that has changed. They soar high over the Buffalo River and can spot a fish from hundreds of feet up in the sky.
WRENS: there has never been anohter bird like a wren for singing all day long. I lvoe to hear them from dawn til dusk and our trees must be full of them..the songs are continuous. The wrens leave early and I miss them when they go in August. Such sweet singers!
STRUTTERS: I watched two male cowbirds square off over some food. They stick their tales in the air and fluff their feathers and strut toward each other trying desperately to get each other to back off. Cowbirds are nasty…they take over other birds’ nest and do not build their own. They are bullies to other birds at the feeders.
FLUFFERS: any male birds are “Fluffers” when they challenge each other. I have seen fluffed up orioles,finches and blackbirds. They apparently fluff so they look larger and more threatening. It is interesting behavior in birds and I thin of human males and their ways of
fluffing”….like driving vehicles with loud mufflers, driving LOUD Harley motorcycles…putting hundreds of lights on pickups (to attract females like brightly colored male birds).
The Pickers among birds are the quiet birds…the Mourning Doves and the Chipping Sparrows who pick diligently at leftovers between the deck boards. They really clean up the birdseed that gets dropped or kicked out of feeders by the big bully birds. I have seen blackbirds kick food out of dishes frequently…and the doves and sparrows are so grateful!!!
My daughter in law who taught me everything I know about birds and feeding them used to love her pair of Mourning Doves who would pick up the birdseed under her feeders. They were diligent and came every day to clean up after the other birds.
I am waiting for Papa Oriole to bring his little ones to the jelly feeder soon. That was the most wonderful day when I saw that happen a couple of years ago. The Papa bird showed the little ones how to lean forward and grab a bite of jelly. A red finch papa did the same with a line up of little red finches. Such great parents….birds are wonderful.
If human parents could take care of their Young like the birds do…we would have a lot of happier more well adjusted human children.
The birds know it is a 24 hour a day job that must be done while the offspring are young and vulnerable.
It is a pity that humans can be so self centered that they forget that important parental element that birds are created to do.
So were we…but we have fallen on our faces on that part of parenting…at least a lot have done that.
It is a lovely golden evening. I have some very fluffy dry clothes to pick off the clothesline tonight.
Last night afew clothes left on the clothes lines got a big extra rinse in the rain storm that went through early this morning. The clothes that got rain-rinsed smell even sweeter after they dry.