Our bird feeder hangs from the flower bed in front of the window in the dining room.
Not far from it, is a Hummingbird Feeder.
From our den, the view gives quite a story.
Certain types of birds flock around both of them all day.
(Above Photo Credits: John Randolph Harrison http://www.pbase.com/jrandyh)
The Cardinals who always arrive in pairs, dine almost everyday. So do the Sparrows but they come in bunches. The Bluebirds visit occasionally. The Mockingbird doesn’t care much for the menu, but he shows up to make noise and annoy the others who are trying to enjoy a decent meal. The Hummingbirds frequent their feeder quite often. However, these tiny little creatures prefer dining alone; that is sharing the feeder is not an option.
No group exists without a bad apple. Blackbirds are large, obnoxious, arrogant feathered bullies who use their size to eliminate the competition. Not only are they insolent and rowdy they enjoy flying in groups of 2-3, land on top of the feeder while other smaller and less flamboyant birds fly away. Blackbirds then put on a show of egotism by literally crawling in a circle around the pole to the bottom where most of the food is. Consuming the seeds in accelerated fashion, Blackbirds reveal their greed and sloppiness. And, these birds are loud! As they eat, a shrill screech marks their territory. The sound is at times deafening.
Filling the bird feeder requires sitting it on the sidewalk to fill it up. Spilling a portion on the sidewalk is a given but it never goes to waste. The Doves, who also always fly in pairs, come in for a daily landing to clean it up. I love these birds with their quiet maneuvers and peaceful attributes.
Watching the birds has become a daily adventure. Never thought of myself as a “birdwatcher” but we do live in a “Bird Sanctuary.” We are blessed to observe a variety of small and large fowl from Hummingbirds to Egrets to the Golden Eagle.
What I didn’t know is birds have personalities, habits and lifestyles as unique and different as humans.
Depending on their size, discrimination is prevalent.
Fighting amongst themselves is a common thread.
Two are better than one.
Some birds are well liked by each other. Others are considered mean, unfriendly and impossible to get along with.
Enjoying games is a notable past time.
Fear of their predators is instinctive.
Feeding times are much like ours.
Matthew 6: 26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
If I didn’t know better, I would think birds are relics of humans.
Some are beautiful, yet difficult.
Others may be intelligent, but cocky.
Many are colorful, dazzling in appeal and radiance.
Some aren’t as alluring or stylish, but make up for it in their composed and steady characteristics.
So what have I learned about birds?
They may not always get along with each other, but most want the same things in life.
The world may be a wreck but I believe most people no matter who they are, what background they come from or geographical location are no different than the birds.
Why? We all have the same Creator.
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