Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Positively Housebound

by Mauverneen


I've been watching the birds again. That's not quite true. I'm always watching the birds. I should say I've been photographing the birds again. I am an avid and prolific photographer. My excuse (if I need one) is that if I take 10 or 12 or 20 photos of something maybe I will end up with one good one.

So, with all the photos of birds I already have, I recently set up my tripod in a window and decided I needed a few more pictures of the birds that come to the feeder. Last week's weather was atrocious; below zero temps, snow, freezing rain - everyone was housebound. Even the squirrels it seems. But not the birds. I always feed my birds, but with the terrible weather, I fed them even more.

And they showed up. In droves - or should I say they flocked to the feeder. I do have a couple of actual feeders, but I shoveled the snow off of the picnic table and spread the feast. I had all the winter birds - Sparrows, Juncos, Jays, Mourning Doves, Chickadees, Cardinals, a Nuthatch, and a Woodpecker. Starlings descended on the table one day leaving no room. A hawk was very close, but if it ever came to the table, I missed it.

Mixed Company
The birds were very tolerant of each other, mingling like they were having a reunion of some sort. Maybe they just realized they needed to let each other be. In peace. Everybody was hungry and there was enough for them all.

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