Monday, May 20, 2013

Nature Notes: The Birds


Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"?

I think I know where his inspiration came from. All of a sudden, all my little winged buddies want to come inside for ... what? To visit? To complain about the food? To tease the cat? To rent a friggin' room?

Goldfinches are monopolizing the hummingbird feeder, pecking on my kitchen window as if they expect me to let them in. And when that doesn't work ...

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They try the living room windows ...

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Where Gatsby waits patiently for a chance to pounce against the glass and leave nose prints all over.

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Whenever we open the garage doors, barn swallows come swooping in and out. I made a brief effort to photograph them, but I didn't want to leave the door open and risk having a hummingbird fly in. They are the very devil to catch when they do that.

Last time I went into the potting shed, there was a sparrow in there, fluttering against the window. How it got in, or why, I haven't a clue. It flew out when I opened both doors. Lucky for her I needed a garden tool that day.

The birds here have never done this before. Well, except for the brainless little hummers who get stuck in the garage. So what's up? Should I be concerned?

P.S. Thanks for all your kind comments, suggestions and sympathy about my other, less welcome invader. We do plan to sit down and try to come to an arrangement with him about the mowing. I'll let you know how it goes.

Target practice is the main reason he's moving out here, so the firing range is not going to be negotiable. As far as I know, there's no law against it, and he certainly won't be the only one shooting up the place. We've always had to put up with the sound of gunfire. He'll just be really close, and shooting every day, and part of the woods will get cut down. ::Sigh::


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9 comments:

Karen said...

Hee hee, aren't they cute!

Carver said...

Great shots. The goldfinch is a beauty.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The Goldfinch images are lovely, but I had to smile with the kitty cat image!!! We have two cats who really like watching the birds in our yard with the feeders also.

Laura said...

well, if nothing else, it is excellent cat TV:-)

Rambling Woods said...

My finch like the water cup in the middle of the hummer feeder as some birds baths that are deep make them nervous so I put up red "ant" cups above them with water and they use that.. that is all I can think of.. Michelle

eileeninmd said...

Love the cute goldfinch shots. And your kitty is pretty!

bettyl said...

What colorful and cute little guys you have captured! The movie 'The Birds' was way ahead of its time and I still get chills on occasion when it comes to mind!

Ruth said...

How wonderful to see them so close! Glad that Gatsby's the other side of the glass...beautiful shots :)

EG CameraGirl said...

You must be doing something "right" to make the birds feel so welcomed there. :))