For the past year I’ve kept to my mountain more than usual but I’ve never been alone. I started by setting out different feeders for the birds here and there. I learned that drilling the right size holes in used coffee cans and painting them subdued colors I could simply screw them to the sides of trees and create nesting for several species of songbirds. It wasn’t long before a mated pair of cardnials began to frequent my yard. The first to become comfortable with my presence was the female.
I say comfortable as a relative term. I began speaking to her through the closed window almost as soon as she got brave enough to come to the feeder on the deck. At first she flew off but eventually she became accustomed to being addressed. I speak to all of the birds come close enough. One of the local Carolina wrens even sits behind the safety of the glass and watches me working at my desk. As long as I don’t get too close to them at the moment they don’t flee immediately. The female has gotten close to the window but isn’t quite brave enough to actually sit on the sill yet. The male is never too far away. Wherever the love of his life is she’s never out of his sight. When she’s at the feeder he’s normally either on the roof of the shed, carport, house or in the branches of the surrounding forest. At the slightest sign of danger he gives a loud chirp and she flies away to safety. He’s totally dedicated to her. I’ve seen him take on four blue jays and chase all four from the feeders to clear the way for her to enjoy a meal in peace. After losing enough feathers the jays have yielded to the authority of fiery male cardnial. But, he seldom came to the feeder on the deck himself until about a week ago. I’ve also noticed that when he’s at the feeder she watches over him the way he does for her.
Being cardnials I doubt they’ll ever be as accepting as the chickadees and wrens but I’m glad that they do get as close as they are. I’ve also noticed an additional benefit of having a yard full of songbirds over the past year. Nobody else included my wife can enter the property without the birds alerting me. The alarm calls can even be heard over the TV and the sudden movement outside of windows is hard to miss. That’s it for this update on the songbirds. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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