Feed the Birds

Cardinal tilted head   Diane Porter

Diane Porter took this photo of a Northern Cardinal in her yard.

One of my favorite daily rituals is filling up the bird feeders on my windowsill. I live on the fourth story of a seven-wing brick institutional complex ( the convent wing!) A large maple tree stands outside my bedroom windows. I have three feeding stations on my two windowsills:  a plexiglass suction cup feeder,  a suet feeder, and a fruit and nut bird cylinder.  In the summer, I have a hummingbird feeder as well.

hummer at my window
????????????????????????????????????

Sorry it’s blurry.

I don’t have a camera good enough to get sharp closeup photos of the birds who visit my feeders. For example, this mockingbird, perching on the fruit and nut cylinder:

mocker2

This mockingbird claims all the feeders as his own, and chases the other birds away. Eventually, though, they get theirs.

Here is a photo of a Northern Flicker, taken by Seabrooke Leckie:

Flicker  by seabrooke leckie

Four of these beauties come to my windowsill ( one at a time! I see the other three waiting their turn in the tree!) in the winter.  Here’s a poem I wrote about it:

Two Feet from a Flicker

 

Two feet from my seat at my desk

to the windowsill where

on the other side of the glass

a Flicker feasts on the seed and nut bar

I have provided for my entertainment

And his nourishment.

If he sees me, he doesn’t care.

I try not to move too much.

I can see his ears,

a slight bulge under his feathers.

I can see the sun shining off his black eyes that are all pupil.

His left hand clutches the seed bar.

His long beak, longer than a Red Belly’s,

pokes into the block of seed and nuts and raisins.

His tongue fine as a hairpin

touches it.

He wears a cherry red cap on the nape of his neck,

black raindrop shapes on his cheeks,

a black necklace on his throat and gold ermine on his chest,

and as he fends off an approaching Bluejay,

His gold shafts flare out on the inside of his wings.

Oh, fifteen whole minutes I’ve had with you,

My beautiful customer!

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/just-another-day/”>Just Another Day</a>

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Gaudium et Spes 22

by Dr. Larry Chapp

Tikorangi The Jury Garden

Mark and Abbie Jury

I Love To Go A Gardening

Growing Our Life in Northern Michigan

Wonders in the Dark

Cinema, music, opera, books, television, theater

Mason Street

The literary magazine of Newark Public Library

Morse, Lewis and Endeavour

Welcome to the Morse Universe

Shades of My Garden

a window into a life, a conversation with a soul, a gateway to a heart

Slouching Towards Senescence

Aging woman reads, steeps tea, feeds cats and is ridiculous.....

Gather Victoria

ANCESTRAL FOOD. HERBAL WISDOM. MAGICAL COOKERY. SEASONAL CELEBRATION.

Kate Macdonald

about writing, reading and publishing

The Lore of the Garden

Myths, legends, folklore, fairytales about flora, fauna and sacred landscapes

OPreach

Dominican Preaching through Word and Image

My little corner of the world.

Faith, love, and listening to the language of the world.

chestercountyramblings

meandering through, writing about whatever strikes my fancy

maegregale.wordpress.com/

“But I ask myself, What must I do to make my life a true story?”

Jeffrey Levine

poetry, publishing, and mentoring

Creative Spiritual Directions

... reflections to inspire creative spiritual directions ... ... . . . .

Megha's World

A potpourri of emotions

%d bloggers like this: