Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tales from the Feeder

Singing on The Fence by Roberta Warshaw
Singing on The Fence, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I live in the city where we don't get much wild life at all. This has been especially true over the last few years. There has been so much construction going on in my neighborhood for the last 10 or 15 years that any wildlife we did have disappeared. Unfortunately all we seem to get are sparrows, sparrows and more sparrows. And they are really fat ones too. And there are many, many more than there ever were before.

My feeders and suet hang on my balcony outside the bedroom. I fill the tube feeders each day with sunflower seeds. There is a huge sliding glass door for perfect close up viewing. Even my cat loves to sit and watch. Occasionally it becomes too much for her and she leaps at them. They know the glass is there though and they just ignore her.

But never the less, I keep putting out food and hoping that the blue jays, cardinals and woodpeckers will come back. As well as the mourning doves and chickadees. I miss the mourning doves most of all. They were so friendly and adorable.

Yesterday I was complaining to my husband about the over abundance of sparrows. So who do you think paid us a visit? A huge hawk! He was perched right on the railing. We were inches from each other. He seemed to be just as shocked to see me as I was him. We stared at each other for what seemed like many minutes. He must have come to see what was going on here with all the millions of sparrows and to see if he could grab lunch!

I am most happy to help! I hope he comes back for his next feast. I can spare a sparrow or two or sixteen!

There were two sparrows left hiding under the chair who were too frightened to move for hours! They looked like statues!

I hope the hawk comes back soon. He/she was amazing!

Must go now and fill those feeders! I have a new appreciation of sparrows as hawk food!


DVArtist said...

Great post. Hawk is good medicine and was bringing you some joy. The are the most beautiful birds.

Laurence Martin said...

Your birds are so delicate and strong at the same time. This is beautiful.

Numinosity said...

Will you have a chance to do some birding down in the desert this year?
We get so many goldfinches they could eat you out of house and home, so gluttonous they are. We used to have a feed sock hanging and there were so many crawling around on it it kind of creeped me out...almost maggot- like, I'm not kidding. Now we have a two perch feeder and they have to be polite and take turns and our bird seed bill is more manageable. It's a treat for me to see the more colorful birds like cardinals and goldfinches after being in Alaska so long although I do love the ravens.
Very cool about the hawk and your artwork is blossoming before our eyes. I think the gelli plate medium suits you very well.
xo Kim

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh, I LOVE this piece. What are you doing with these marvelous works of art?

Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

I just put a feeder up this week. Mostly sparrows so far, but also a rich assortment of all the other players too. But I know that the house sparrows will be here as soon as they realize the diner is open. I read the other day that feeding regular seed with millet is their favorite and if you stick with oily black sunflower seed and thistle then they can't really eat it well and they'll move to easier digs. Don't know if that works, though. Maybe the hawk will be your solution. Crossing fingers for hawk power!

And I agree with Kim. You're blossoming. It's beautiful to watch!

Kathy said...

Watching the birds at the feeders is my joy in the winter. I am lucky to I have plenty of cardinals, wood peckers, mourning doves and bluejays still visiting.
Loving all your bird gel prints - I look forward to seeing your weekly collage.

Sarah Sequins said...

Roberta, what a beautiful piece! Your bird looks so happy.

I love hawks. I see one about once a year in our yard. We have plenty of squirrels, and I'm always hoping he'll go for a couple of those. ;)

Candace said...

Awww, poor sparrows. I always feel bad for whoever is prey. I wish all animals were vegetarians in my little idealistic world.

That is a beautiful piece, hawks are quite magnificent.

Unknown said...

Roberta, I just discovered you on Facebook via the Collage group, and I love your work. I've shared the red perch bird on my page. Your work is wowohwow to me... and for me. By the way, I too
- don't make goals, just choose one word for the year
- feed birds at my feeder and I get the occasional visit from a hawk, too, a Sharp-shinned.
Sent you a Friend Request on FB..
Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!

Unknown said...

I love your birds series, Roberta. Your art really speaks to me in a deep way. I shared the bird on red post on my FB page, and sent you a friend request.
It's lovely that you share your beautiful work with us. You inspire me! thank you...