Sunday, September 05, 2010

birds of a feather

A guest post today from my mother -- in Bend.  A bit of avian poetry.


Tonight, I have a blue jay -- or is it a California jay? -- eating in the back yard.  I have three bird feeders hanging on the fence. The jay eats on the ground. 


At about this time of evening the quail come and they too are ground eaters. In the morning and evening the smaller birds fly in for breakfast and dinner. 


The other evening I looked out and there were over thirty back birds on the ground. There were more in the air -- just arriving.  I walked outside and they all flew away, squawking their heads off.


I was out in the yard this afternoon pulling weeds when they flew over.  I interpreted their chatter to be: "Keep going.  She is outside."


They kept on flying.

8 comments:

Calypso said...

I see where your writing talents come from - the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Anonymous said...

The blackbirds are cagey and numerous...they eat the dry food I put out for the stray cats.
Saludos,
Francisco

Anonymous said...

You didn't scare them off they were just on their way to our home in Bend. We have pesky squirrels who love to try to work their way into our feeders also. They are always entertaining. We sit at our picnic table and the birds happily fly into the birdfeeder and eat and then take a swim in the bird bath all just feet away from us. This is the best time of year in Bend. So glad you are enjoying our beautiful weather.

Leslie Harris de Limon said...

Lovely post! I hope you will continue to write guest posts for you son, every once and a while! :)

Mic said...

Such entertaining and beautiful word pictures :-)

Steve Cotton said...

Calypso -- And she thinks she can't write.

Francisco -- Wily they are. And, according to my mother, quite chatty.

Anonymous -- I wish I could have joined all of you on that side of the mountain. But it was a great day here, as well.

Leslie -- I should sign her up as a regular.

Mic -- You tell her. We need to get her back on board from time to time.

- Mexican Trailrunner said...

You SHOULD sign her up for guest posts! And lots of pics, she's so pretty too.

Steve Cotton said...

Mexican Trailrunner -- I agree. But I am a little biased on the point.