Saturday, November 05, 2005

Time to Feed the Birds

The dreary November weather is here and our bird feeder needs to be refilled every day or so. They are all messy tiny brown birds that live in the enormous shrub outside our kitchen window. They adore to burrow into the seed with their little beaks and cheerfully throw it into the air and onto the porch as much as actually eat it. They are sparrows and finches, I think. I think of them fondly as LBJ's.

I met an elderly gentleman once, in a park in England, and inquired about the little birds I saw fluttering in the hedges.

"Oh, aye, I know them", he grinned. "Those are LBJ's". And what kind were those, I asked, intrigued.

"Little Brown Jobs", he answered. And so they are, all the ones that come to my kitchen window.

I included some pictures in this post which are exactly unlike my LBJ's. I saw these ones on my trip to Kenya this September: a little red fire finch which wanted to steal my cake, a brilliant blue-sheened superb starling (nothing like the Noth American version), and the nest of a weaver-bird, which is brilliantly yellow, but eluded my photo.

If I lived there, I'd have a lot of bird-feeders up in my yard, I'm sure. :)


Anonymous said...

I love animals also. It seems we're both what the rednecks refer to as "dat gum tree huggers"

angel, jr. said...

We have bird feeders in our garden. The sounds of the birds fluttering in the backyard is better than any music I know.

jd said...

Those birds are so colorful! Just gorgeous!

Wriju said...

Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
Take these broken wings and learn to fly,
All your life,
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
-The Beatles

SkyeBlue2U said...

Wow! All I have right now is two pigeons that love to visit me. They have even brought their babies up to the fire escape for me to see.

Rachel said...

Pretty, colorful birds! I always feed the birds too! Love to watch them as they fuss and argue over who gets to sit in the pile of seed!

Bill said...

Birds are cool, but not better than music. Sorry Angel.

blackcrag said...

As usual for you, Spider, a caring gesture that repays itself tenfold because you constantly get little winged visitors for you to watch and to entertain you.

Weary Hag said...

Here in New England we have many colorful (and loudly singing) birds. We have two feeders out in our yard but the pond and shrubs way out back also attract the colorful species.

Great pictures!