Sunday, January 6, 2013
Tales from the Feeder
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!