Today is a rare day off on the Mom-and-Volunteer calendar, so I’m spending a little time in the office going through January’s receipts and rather large paper pile (of our ‘paperless’ lives). The birds outside and a warm cup of blueberry tea are not exactly helping me to keep focused on the task at hand.
Woodland neighbors demand immediate attention. Sparrows and finches come in to eat grass seed off the gravel path (‘weeds’ do grow here in the winter) and the gnatcatchers, warblers, and kinglets pick insects off window screens and among the low-lying bushes with their delightful aerial acrobatics. Perhaps they’ll make it into the Album of Collectables in February; January’s done run out already.
When the gang all comes in, it’s best just to pull up a chair and watch the yard-circus for a few minutes, binocular around my neck, long lens in my lap. It’s a needed and rewarding break to sure.
(Birdbath voyeur, minus the binocular and camera.)
The birdbath keeps them all hydrated and free from irritating body mites. Their personalities and pecking order for who gets to go in and when becomes apparent when observing from indoors; miniature water sprinklers and bossy jays and mockingbirds are sure fun to watch.
It’s hard not to forget work and just smile a while.
Summer Winter Tanager
Surprise Feeder Visitor
The summer tanager is not a typical winter resident in the Houston area, but she’ll stay wherever there is reliable food and water. We are happy to provide it for her! The wayward juncos, who skipped our property last year entirely, were back again late last year. They’re not supposed to be here either, but hey. We’re happy to have them. Perhaps they know something we don’t about the coming spring.