Where This Meets That
No, I’m not talking Beck, Townshend, Clapton, or Page here but actual birds. Over the past month of incessantly watering new grass in our back yard, I’ve noticed a steady influx of birds big and small. I never knew constant watering would make our yard a bird sanctuary.
Here are five notables who have begun frequenting our back yard. Note: I did not take these pictures!
1. Ruby-throated Hummingbird We have trumpet vines that engulf several pine trees in our yard in beautiful red flowers this time of year. Hummingbirds love them. Interestingly, I’ve seen a couple hummingbirds doing some aerial bathing in the fine spray of the sprinkler.
2. White-throated Sparrow These little guys are everywhere. The other day, I watched a chipmunk climbing through some of our thickly branched variegated privet, and he was surrounded by these. Since they are colored so much like chipmunks, I thought I might be witnessing some real-world Disney-type adventure where young birds mistakenly tag onto a chipmunk who looks like their mother.
3. Gray Catbird I don’t recall ever seeing this one before, though I’ve heard of it many times. Funny, I never knew what the “catbird seat” idiom meant; turns out, nothing to do with a cat. This bird has a lovely song, though.
4. Bluebird My father-in-law brought us a bluebird house earlier this spring and it seems to have been inhabited by sparrows. We thought about evicting them but decided to let it slide when we noticed that bluebirds are indeed visiting our yard. Who knows where they live, but it’s not the bluebird house. Such pretty birds.
5. Barred Owl By far the king of this list. I always thought owls only became active at night, but we kept hearing this deep, unique call in the middle of the day in the wooded area behind our home that would receive answers from other, more distant locations. The one “who” resides behind our yard is a good-sized owl with probably a 4-foot wingspan. The few glimpses we’ve seen of him aflight have been majestic. Now, if he would just see that chipmunk!
“Musical Note”: Check back this weekend to hear my new song, “Someone Else’s Winter”!