Sunday, January 28, 2007

Birdies at my feeders

We had about an inch of snow early this morning which was quite a surprise and unexpected. I went about my business, went to the store for food, and filled my bird feeders. My feathered friends squawked mightily when I took the feeders into the house to fill, but were soon back happily feeding after I returned to the house. I then sat at my kitchen table, drinking a cup of tea, and watched my birdie friends eating their breakfast.

Some of my early morning visitors included:

Chickadees

Downy Woodpecker

Mourning Doves

Red Headed Woodpecker

Sparrows

Yellow Finches

Juncos

Robins

While I walked back and forth to the house with the feeders, my favorite kitty, Tiger Lily, watched from the sidelines. As soon as I went back into the house, she jumped onto the top of the covered chipper-shredder under the big Hackberry tree (with the bird feeders hanging from several lower branches) and took a flying leap to the nearest branch with a feeder on it. She thought she would catch a little birdie who might innocently come to the feeder to get a snack. But, she soon realized that this was not going to happen. So, it was jump down and back to the house to watch. Sorry, kitty, no birdie today.

The sun is out now and I fear our beautiful first snow of the season will soon melt. The skies are blue and there is a dusting of puffy white clouds scudding across the sky. As I sat drinking my tea and watching the antics of the outdoor wildlife, What A Wonderful World was playing on XM radio. The beauty of it all almost brought tears to my eyes. My thoughts were, no matter how down and out a person can get, all you have to do is look around you to see the wonderful, beautiful world we live in. Everything else disappears into the background noise and clutter of our lives. We in America are truly blessed. My wish is that others around the world would just stop what they're doing and watch the birdies, kitties, and drink a cup of tea. We would then have peace in our wonderful world.

18 Comments:

At January 28, 2007 11:21 AM, Blogger T. said...

I'm a big bird lover. Absolutely love the chickadees and the yellow finches. I also love blue jays but my husband hates them. I just think they are so pretty. We have red headed woodpeckers too. I would love to see cardinals and mourning doves though.

 
At January 28, 2007 11:58 AM, Blogger Susie said...

What a wonderful world indeed! I just love that song...
You have such an amazing assortment of birds visiting your feeders and garden!
Tiger Lily will just have to chitter and lick her chops from afar, won't she??
Sending lots of love and ((hugs))

 
At January 28, 2007 12:59 PM, Blogger Alissa said...

How is it possible that you got an inch of snow and we got one five-minute flurry? Not fair! The boys have been dying for snow since before Christmas!

I'm glad you're having a good morning. It is a pretty day out, if a bit cold. OK, a lot cold :-)

 
At January 28, 2007 2:10 PM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

I love this post. You posted about things I love and can so relate to. Birds....I love birds I love to watch their antics....I see you and I have similar birds which visit...I haven't seen a cardinal...don't think they are common here....your junco is different than our's as well....and I have only seen two yellow finch in my travels.

As far as this world around us. I say that to myself everyday. When I am feeling down...I just look around me...how truly blessed I am...I only have to look out my window and there before me are my neighbours horses, the birds, the ocean....nature....how can I complain....thankyou for the reminder....

 
At January 28, 2007 4:24 PM, Blogger Janet C. said...

Nice post. I have most of the same birds as well. No cardinals, but we have grey breasted jays, stellars and white breasted nut hatch, just to name a few regulars right now. I love my birds.
If we all could slow down just a little to pay attention it would be a better world for sure.
Back in the day I was to busy to notice birds like I do now, what a shame.

 
At January 29, 2007 4:26 AM, Blogger jellyhead said...

What an uplifting post, Motherkitty. I'm feeling chirpier already, and that's after a LONG day at work!

PS the 'chirpy' comment was not intended as a pun. However, I'm sure T would approve ;-)

 
At January 29, 2007 6:06 AM, Blogger susan said...

I believe you have hit the nail on the head so to speak - instead of looking inward, just look outward at all our surroundings and your spirits will lift. Glad you are having a good day.

 
At January 29, 2007 12:32 PM, Blogger Alipurr said...

what a great post, mom! That is great that you are getting so many birds. We only get the occasional cardinal, finch, chickadee or woodpecker. They must not like the old food in the feeder...or maybe it is too close to the house

that is a great song, too

 
At January 29, 2007 12:35 PM, Blogger Alipurr said...

we didn't see any snow, either, yesterday, though some friends said they saw a few flakes floating around

 
At January 31, 2007 7:56 AM, Anonymous heather said...

This is a lovely post.

 
At February 02, 2007 8:27 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

It truely is a wonderful world here and I also wish all people around the world would just stop what they are doing and enjoy it too.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:27 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:29 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 02, 2007 9:32 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You really do get a large variety of birds in your feeder. We have some of those birds, but not all of them. We do have a pair of cardinals, though, who love the peanut butter pine cones our grandsons made.

 
At February 05, 2007 9:50 PM, Blogger Kerri said...

It truly is a wonderful world MK. You have the same birds as us, except we don't have any red-headed woodpeckers. There are a few different kinds around here, but we only see the downys and hairys. The robins don't show up until early spring.
Watching the birds and kitties, with a cuppa, is one of my favorite activities :)
Counting my blessings here!
Love that song!

 

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