feeding the birds again

Today, staring out the kitchen window, the way I always do, I noticed a white-breasted nuthatch that wasn’t moving. I thought this was odd, because they’re almost always moving, flitting around as though caught in a freeze-frame, so I grabbed my camera, prepared for disappointment. They usually fly away the instant I point a camera at them, but not today.


Still not moving, I took another picture.


I wondered if the bird had died right there on the suet feeder, with its funny little feet caught in the wire, and a dewdrop of suet on the end of its beak.

But no; it did move eventually.


I can be slow at times. Here I thought the little nuthatch, after weeks of frustration, was finally posing for me, but then I realized that there weren’t any other birds moving in the garden either. There was quite a bit of commotion about halfway down the garden, though.



red tailed hawk

And then this.


Cooper’s hawk

So my poor little nuthatch was frozen in fear because a Cooper’s hawk had crashed through the lilacs, and a red-tailed hawk was eyeing it from the cottonwood.

I wonder if my plants feel the same way when I walk up to them.



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4 Responses to feeding the birds again

  1. Pam says:

    Looks like the Coop is sitting next to a squirrel nest. Does that double-netting on the suet help keep the squirrels out??

  2. You live in frickin’ paradise, my friend! I love raptors! But then, I don’t have pet chickens wandering the yard like one of my nieces, who had one picked off recently. Have you seen Life of PI? I really enjoyed it–a rather philosophical extravaganza–floating across the Ocean with a bengal tiger in a dinghy–quite a conceit. But oh so true! You must go (I’d love to hear your thoughts about it! Chess has a bit of the tiger in him!).

    • paridevita says:

      Paradise, with rodents…..
      Haven’t seen the movie; last movie I saw in a theater was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, when it first came out. I let movies come to me, from “the cloud”.


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