I love birds in my gardens, don’t you? I have cultivated having different types of birds through the flowers I plant, the bird feeders I hang, and the trees that are in the orchard.
At our home in Orinda, we had planted flowers for our hummingbirds, which often spent the day outside my office window. It was so much fun watching them dip into the trumpet of the flower to gather the nectar. I was not as successful with a hummingbird feeder in the fall and winter so relished these times.
I had put bird feeders in the large tulip tree in the front of the house and could see the birds attack the feeder from my favorite chair in the living room. Surprisingly, I also attracted a woodpecker who thought my 2 story windows in the living room were the love of his life. He would start pecking when the sun rose and would stop when the sun set. We tried lots of remedies including pictures of owls and raptors. What finally worked was putting up a hula skirt of silver Mylar. That moved him to the trees where the sound did not reverberate throughout the house.
The birds in our orchard in Walnut Creek were fascinating. Because of them, we never had any grapes. While we netted the grapes, they would get underneath and pop up and down to get the grapes. It was a riot to watch.
We also had a flight cage attached to the house at the kitchen. We had finches and button quail in the cage. It was more fun to watch the antics of these birds. The quail were rotund on very skinny legs. This does not bode well for maintaining healthy legs. We lost most of them to broken ones. The finches, on the other hand, were very prolific, and we had several generations to watch. Their mating habits reflected how long the females had been without a male in the speed with which they got the male into the nest. We also watched the raccoons hunt the finches, until we chased them away for a time.
Birds are beautiful, graceful creatures, which I miss having at our apartment. There are rules about birdfeeders, etc that mean we have to enjoy our birds elsewhere on our walks with our dog, Connor.
Again, you don’t know what you have until it is gone or at least, not as easy to observe. What things in your life have been a joy to behold and perhaps are now missing? What do you do to reclaim these dreams?
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