I'm trying to soak up summer. Gave up the Friday night line up on PBS (news etc) for sitting on the patio.. with a small glass of "adult beverage" ( as Charlene would say), my binocs, my camera, my book.. oh, yeah.. always multi-tasking.
Here's what you might miss if you're enjoying the air conditioning and the tv , computer, supper.. whatever.
1. Two very small young Eurasian tree sparrow sitting on the power line.. their head surrounded by a cloud of gnats.. and they have not yet figured out that supper is served.
2. A very sneaky ruby-throated hummer , just almost out of your peripheral view, sneaking a drink.
3. A pair of C. Chickadees taking turns (very politely) at the sunflower feeder.
4. A family of house finches swooping in and sitting on the fence.
5. Two young male cardinals flitting about and jousting.. practicing territorial behavior. Then big daddy (with molting head) comes in and settles things.
6. Incomplete bird song.. coming from large , very leafy tree.. just can't quite make it out. Then seeing 6 E. starlings fly out and away.
7. Young blue jay practicing it's warning call.. over and over.. sort of timid, without confidence.. I look around for trouble and a Coopers hawk flies over the yard at about 25 feet high.. never pausing.
8. A dot in the sky, when "glassed" ( loved Chris Barriger's use of that term), is a chimney swift.. so graceful, swooping and diving.
9. A devilish Carolina wren, singing from very leafy tree, taunting me.. "find me'' it says.. to no avail.
So without taking a picture, reading a page, I am satisfied with my drink (nearly sliding out of the chaise) , the setting sun, and the birdsong.. I didn't miss at all the round up of the weeks news. And I'm heading out for soft serve ice cream.. for supper.
And as I end this , that Carolina wren is mocking me....the nerve...
St. Louis County
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