This is the story of Chippy and the $150 bird feeders.
This past winter my next door neighbor put a bird feeder in her yard. One day, as I was sitting in our sun room watching one of the snowiest storms of the season, a brilliant red bird flew by the window and perched on the feeder. Large flakes zig zagged in all directions in the fierce wind. The bird clung to the dome topped feeder as it swung wildly back and forth.
Before that I had not paid much attention to birds. But after that day, I started to notice them. While on our morning Rico walks, I began to recognize the cardinal’s call. I noticed another bird, similar in looks, but not red in color. I realized it was the female cardinal.
Then I became somewhat obsessed about photographing all of the different types of birds right in our neighborhood.
During the winter when the trees are bare, it is easy to spot the birds. But now that the trees are filled with foliage, I can clearly hear them but they are hidden among the leaves and are not as readily seen.
The people next door left for their summer beach house a few weeks ago. That means an empty bird feeder which also means no birds to watch from my sunroom.
I decided that if I want to continue to enjoy these interesting creatures, I should put up my own feeder.
And that’s what we did. We put one right outside of our window on a shepherds crook. It has a thermometer. We hung the other one from a branch of the tree in our front yard.
He(she?) thought so too.
To Be Continued...