This week I replaced my birdfeeder. The old one had gotten really beaten up with that huge snow storm and the subsequent wind storms we have had here this year. It never worked well anyway. It had mostly plastic and it blew sideways, dumping the birdseed in a windstorm. It got the seed stuck at the bottom with every rainstorm because the drain holes were ill placed and inadequate, and finally the place the birds stood broke off altogether. So I replaced it with a nice heavier and sturdier feeder made with brass, stainless steel, and glass (I hope the glass doesn’t break in future storms since we sometimes get a lot of wind here). It seems really nicely shaped for the birds to use too.
The birds like it. I put it up a few days ago and already I have had a constant crew of various finches, mourning doves, black birds, cardinals, and the ever plentiful sparrows. But the real treat was two bird varieties I have never had at my feeder (or seen there at least).
The first day an American gold finch paid a call. Here is a picture of one from Cornell’s All About Birds site:
I’ve seen them fly by occasionally but they never paid a visit when I watched until yesterday.
Today, I had a bird visit that I have never had the pleasure of seeing. He not only visited, but he stayed long enough for me to get a real good look at him with my binoculars. This picture is also from Cornell’s All About Birds.
I walked out onto my back deck today and listened for a few minutes while the birds were singing and chattering, and the air felt wonderful, and went out front where my azalea is blooming its head off, and then I went upstairs into my delightful studio and worked on a quilt while I thought about my great family and how I have had many wonderful opportunities and experiences, and I came back down to my kitchen and used my floor scrubber to clean the kitchen floor without having to get down on my aging knees with a scrub brush like my grandmother did, and then I made myself a wonderful low-carb chicken dinner and watched The Martian and it made me think about all the good ways I have been taught to take one problem in life at a time and figure out how to solve it. Yes!! That WAS a very long run on sentence. 😀 😀 😀
I am very blessed.
Sew happy everyone. May you all be so blessed and may birds and flowers bling up your space in this world.