No bird-brained animals in my backyard – The Andalusia Star-News


The blinds stood open on the solar porch. Sunshine flooded the room. As I sat on the breakfast desk, bleary-eyed and minus my glasses, I seen two stalks a couple of ft from the again yard fence. Something darkish was subsequent to them. Two stalks? Something darkish? I knew they weren’t there the day earlier than. I blinked. Yes, I used to be nonetheless bleary-eyed. Whatever the stalks and darkish factor had been, they stayed in place.

I reached for the binoculars I stored useful by the desk. Ah Ha! I noticed my goal. The stalks had been ears protruding from the pinnacle of a brown, cottontail rabbit. The darkish object a foot or so away was one other cottontail. They remained immobile till the one with the stalk ears hopped behind a mud pile. Appearing unconcerned, the opposite quickly adopted.

I sighed having fun with a serene sight, however about then, one thing evil crept into that supposed again yard paradise, taking the form of a cat on the prey for a feathered morsel. That morning I interrupted a plump stunning feline that had invited itself in. The sly animal sat poised to spring upon an unsuspecting chook in some bushes. I hissed at it and clapped my fingers till it grudgingly moved exterior the fence.

Suddenly after I  lingered over dessert at lunchtime, there was a flurry in the cherry tree … a flash of blue and white, adopted by a whir of crimson sailed among the many branches. Two stunning cardinals had a feisty blue jay on the run. It seemed like previous bully blue jay had met its match. Later one landed close to a feeder and started pecking the bits of meals some finches had knocked on the bottom. A perky male cardinal whipped in and stationed itself close to the jay. Not as soon as did the jay problem its authority. I loved this, since I’ve usually seen blue jays disrupt an in any other case peaceable gathering of birds feasting at my again yard feeders.

Someone advised me that hummingbirds will present up at feeders when sure flowers are in bloom. Since I didn’t put out my buzzing feeders this 12 months, I’m wanting ahead to get some motion there in 2022. In the meantime, the intense crimson and yellow feeder has not gone unnoticed. A chook I couldn’t determine hopped onto one of many little perches, took a glance and flew off. Maybe it would return and watch the hummers, as did a Rose breasted Grosbeak that I examine in {a magazine}. It stored returning and watching hummingbirds feed from an inverted glass bottle with a spout till it realized the approach. Then it efficiently hovered over the feeder and drew out the candy; liquid with its tongue.

By watching and listening to and witnessing such antics staged by critters and birds in my again yard, phrases equivalent to “dumb animals” and “bird brained” not imply the identical to me.