Sunday, April 29, 2012

Birds in My Yard

My yard is a very restful place where it is easy to relax, and where I am surrounded by my favorite feathered friends. Sometimes I even have a Woodpecker visit me. At times it feels like these critters are aware of my presence — and they are watchful — but they still linger. Chickadees, Robins and Hummingbirds are frequent visitors. For the second year, Chickadees are building a nest in our cherry tree. Maybe the birds just inherently know that I am a friend and our yard is a safe place — and I am very grateful for their company!
Yes, there is much to say about birds. Once, I was laying on the lawn enjoying the warm summer sun and a Flicker landed in a tree about ten feet from me and took a nap. It must have felt hot, because it had its wings spread out wide. It rested its tail against the tree, like woodpeckers do. It was obviously aware of my presence, as it watched me for a long time. Needless to say, I observed it for a long time, too! Sorry I did not have the camera for that occasion.
One thing I don't like is that the crows in our neighborhood like to wash their food in the birdbath and they can leave quite a mess. Sadly, there are people in the neighborhood who feed them bread. If only these folks knew how detrimental bread is to them, they would quit. I have mentioned to one neighbor about an article I read in the local paper stating how bread actually produces malnutrition in birds, since white wheat bread has no nutritional value. But she still feeds them. What I said did not seem to register.
No matter, I am pleased with the restful state of my yard, and knowing that the local birds find it restful too is brings me even more contentment!

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