I haven’t accomplished a single thing today. Stumbling from my bed, I made it as far as the recliner in the living room where my sweet hubby had a cup of coffee waiting. Three hours later, half of it is still sitting here on a TV tray next to my chair. Certainly I have things that need to be done today. It’s too wet to garden, but there is laundry I’m sure, as well as some de-cluttering that desperately needs to be completed. I could write to a friend (wouldn’t they be surprised), crochet (I tried but kept putting it back down), beat my friend Connie in an internet game (I’m not really all that competitive), sewing (I have started our Christmas projects- just in case our children or grandchildren read this and wonder)…the opportunities are endless.
Instead I made the mistake of looking outside my window. I have a hummingbird feeder, as you know, but I also have some finch feeders. And a regular feeder. At first there were about 4 yellow finches. Suddenly there were 18 finches hanging on the sock feeders munching and crunching to their little hearts desire. Sometimes they paired off in couples. A time or two, all the ladies came to partake and when they left to go shopping or whatever it is lady finches do, the men came along to catch up on the latest finchy gossip and share stories of their accomplishments. Along with the yellow finches there were some red house finches. Below the feeders were the mourning doves, Mr. and Mrs., feasting on the thistle and seeds that dropped to the ground. Every once in a while Mr. would catch Mrs. Dove looking his way, and he puffed and preened for her benefit.
We still have a few dry leaves under the feeders and I noticed they seemed to be moving without the benefit of a breeze. Looking closer, I noticed there were sparrows dancing through the leaves enjoying a lite snack. Suddenly everyone took flight, and here comes the black bird. Okay, so I don’t know much about bird identification. If it would work, I would just say yellow bird, red bird, black bird, brown bird. We even had a white egret one day, but that is another story.
All that to say there is a lot of activity outside my window and I am too mesmerized to leave my spot. The hummingbird only visited briefly a time or two. I think he is shy and doesn’t like crowds of birds much bigger than he. Keeping track of how many birds were at the feeders at any one time is keeping me quite busy, thank you very much. The little stinkers tend to shift around and make me lose count. Right now there are 14 assorted finches…make that 15, 2 doves, 3 sparrows and…no, I don’t see a partridge in a pear tree but I keep looking. There is another bird that comes to visit the regular feeder, and I just can’t identify him. For now, he is called the Mystery Bird. I’ve looked on some websites but I can’t come to a firm decision. Maybe you can help me? Here he is.
In retrospect, I realize that for 3 hours the TV has been on and tuned to political news and views and I don’t even know what they are saying. My pulse is steady, my nerves are calm, and my blood pressure is great. I’ve been able to marvel at the complexities and wonder of God’s creation.
Like I said, I have accomplished a lot today!