Monday, December 27, 2010

The Birds' Christmas

The morning was frosty and the wind blew strongly out of the north, but the sun was shining and that was enough to entice me to take an walk today in a local nature area. This particular spot offers some protection from the wind and is home to many winter birds. A man walked a distance ahead of me carrying a pail of bird seed. Every so often he placed a handful here and there along the path.


An American Tree Sparrow perched on a rotted stump, its feathers all fluffed out against the cold air. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers and Nuthatches moved around on the bare tree branches while keeping a safe distance away from people passing by.


The generous man had placed seed on every post along the boardwalk and soon the sparrows and finches arrived for a breakfast buffet.


The Tree Sparrow left his perch and did not seem to notice the small seeds stuck on his bill.


There was lots of food for those who were not shy and there would be plenty left over for the birds who arrived for a second seating.


Another bird lover hung pine cones filled with peanut butter and seeds on low branches and the Chickadees enjoyed the tasty ornaments. I think my friend Cheryl may have been the one who made these treats.

I talked to the man with the pail on his return trip. He brings seeds for these birds several times a week and buys only the best mix of peanuts, black sunflower seeds and finch feed. He doesn't do it to get a picture or for thanks from anyone but his feathered friends. People like this make our community a special place indeed.

I am reading an old Christmas book which belonged to my mother. The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin is not about birds but is a sad Victorian story about a dying girl who celebrates her last Christmas by inviting a needy family for a festive meal. But the scene today made me think of the title of the book. This was a bird's Christmas carol if I ever heard one.

10 comments:

  1. The birds are so lucky to have a friend like that man.Now you were lucky as well,to be able to get pictures of them.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  2. You are right Ruth. I was able to get pictures and enjoy the birds because of their benefactor.

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  3. You definitely took advantage of this kind bird feeding man. Great shots on your winter walk.

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  4. Such great shots, Ruth! Some of them really look like paintings:) Glad someone is thinking about them!

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  5. Neat. I feel all warm and fuzzy now.

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  6. Awwww... how kind is that? A bird Christmas carol indeed. :c)

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  7. Well...there is another kind soul person that likes to put up the pinecones...because this time it was not me. This area is filled with so many people that love our feathered friends. I was at Riverside on Christmas morning and there was not that many birds. Judging by your pictures there was a nice variety there on your visit. I'm sure as winter moves along the days will get colder and those birds will be even more appreicate of us humans. Everytime I hear a little "dee dee dee", it puts a smile on my face.

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  8. This is a lovely post, and perfect shots of the birds enjoying their "gifts"

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  9. What an uplifting Christmas story. I loved the idea and the wonderful photographs.

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  10. What glorious shots you took of the birds! I like that peanutbutter pinecone idea. I think our birds are with David as the feeders remain full. Even the cranberries I put out at Christmas are still sitting in their tinfoil pieplate just waiting for bluejays. Very odd.

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