The Bird Garden
It has been a very long time since i've even had a minute
to really sit and watch birds so grabbing my binocculars, a
pen, pad and camera I pulled up a chair in the guest room
that has a nice bird garden with a birdbath and feeder just
outside the window wall.
The birdbath was dripping away and immediately a Goldfinch
flew in to sit on the top of the dripper and grab a drop of
water before it could fall into the birdbath. All the
smaller birds do this for some reason.
Next up was a beautiful male Cardinal, since he was
sitting alone on the feeder I assumed that he and his wife
were not on speaking terms today. I wondered if he had
forgotten their anniversary and was being punished.
Next were the Chickadees, 5 in all. They are the busiest
little critters. Now there is a bird that doesn't give a
rip whether the sun shines or not. They are going to have a
good time no matter what. They took turns drinking from the
dripper, grabbed some seeds and off into the woods without
so much as a backward glance.
The Hermit Thrush was trying to be invisible but since a
male Towhee was scratching not too far away he wasn't very
successful at hiding. Mrs. Cardinal showed up and picked a
fight with the Mr. i'd say their marriage is on shaky
ground, maybe she caught him cheating.
In the Hemlock tree I caught a glimpse of a tiny red dot
with a little splash of yellow and sure enough there was a
Golden Crowned Kinglet all alone picking away at the bark.
It wasn't long before the Titmice were replaced at the
drinking fountain by 2 cute as buttons Brown Headed
Nuthatches. No doubt there will be babies again this year.
There were more Goldfinches, a Brown Thrasher, a White
Throated Sparrow, some White Headed Nuthatches and a lone
Mockingbird that loves the berries on the Lirope.
A Fox Sparrow came hopping around the corner and started
scratching in the leaves near the Hermit Thrush. Mrs. Tohee
flew in just in time to grab a bug from her husband's beak.
Birdwatching is without a doubt one of the most relaxing
and rewarding hobbies one can have. Certainly worth the time
and the money.
I think the money I spent on the dripper is one of the best
investments i've made considering all the birds flocking to it on a daily basis.