Saturday, October 29, 2005

FEATHERED FRIENDS

My kitchen sink has a window just above it. Which is nice when I have to be there for any length of time (doing dishes, etc.) Outside this window is a planter with some still beautiful and colorful and still alive flowers.

When I was pouring my first cup of coffee this morning I noticed two pretty plump looking birds in the planter. They were slate gray in color with just a touch of white on the very edge of their wing feathers. I think they are Juncos but I am not very good at bird identification unless it is very obvious and a bird that almost everyone can recognize.

On my second trip for coffee, and discovering it was all gone thanks to the hubby, a very bright red cardinal landed in the bush just off to the right of the window. I have seen these many times in past years but not as up close as this one was. I never realized before how BIG they are. Even their beaks are larger and thicker than I had thought. And the beak is more orange in color than I imagined.

So I stood there watching in amazement as this colorful cardinal sat there looking around and was pleasantly surprised by the gathering of several different kinds of birds mostly sparrows,
with a couple of bluejays, goldfinches, morning doves and even a robin mixed in.

Frost was still on the ground but somehow they didn't seem to mind. I was wondering what they will do for food when the really cold weather arrives, and that's when I decided that I will have hubby build me some bird feeders so I can feed these little feathered friends. My only problem will be trying to find a way to keep the squirrels out of the feeders and the local feral cats away!

3 comments:

naive-no-more said...

There are lots of tricks to keep the squirrels out of the feeders, but they are almost more fun to watch than the birds.

They're pretty 'ingenuitive' at finding ways to eat.

Lori said...

I love watching both birds and squirrels. This sounds lovely. Wish I were there to share a cup of coffee with you and watch it all.

Connie and Rob said...

I love feeding the birds. It is just another way of enjoying nature. I am flabergasted at their beauty.

The squirrels are quite a difficult matter for us. They are very aggressive and think our house is just one of their playgrounds. It takes great patience to put up with them and remember they are God's creatures also.
Connie