“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

Gracie was on the deck and barking so I went out to check to see which critter was within sight. I didn’t see any, but I did see a water spray near the top of the driveway. A bird was having the most wonderful bath in a puddle from my irrigation system. The drops of water were flying in the air as the bird flapped its wings. That bird was having a great time and so was I while watching it.

The morning is a beauty. It is quintessential autumn on Cape Cod. The sun is bright and the day is warm. Fall flowers are in bloom, and my garden is filled with mums, anemones and my favorite of all, autumn clematis. In autumn, I always think Mother Nature gives us her best and final show before winter’s turn in the year.

I need bird seed: sunflower and thistle. Lately, with so many birds, the big feeder empties quickly. I think word of beak must be the reason. Yesterday, after I had filled the feeders with the last of the seeds, a chickadee flew so close by me I swear its wing touched my cheek. I love to stand by the deck rail and watch the birds eat. They are barely an arm’s length away as the feeders hang off the deck. The chickadees are the most fearless. The seeds are what they want, and my being there doesn’t give them pause. The thistle feeder spins each time a goldfinch or chickadee lands on it. The birds just hold on and go with the spin.

I know I won’t be able to stop myself from roaming the flower aisles when I go to buy the bird seed. Perennials are on sale as are the fall flowers. I just happen to have a few spaces in the small round garden where a tree used to stand and some spots in the back of the big front garden. I also want to harvest the rest of my herbs. The rosemary is ready to hang in the house, and its aroma will spread about the kitchen to remind me summer will be back. I just have to be patient.

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12 Comments on ““In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.””

  1. Morpfy Says:

    Happy 1sr day of FALL..!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We had a cold sunny mornbing here, frost on some places and warm and humid just beside. I never understand how they can co exist like that. We had some fog as well and when the sun broke through spider webs got colored like small rainbows 🙂

    I must be the first one to start feeding the birds over here 🙂 I have some sunflower seeds from last winter so I thought I just as well start putting those in the feeders now. I’ve never heard that we can buy thistle seeds here. Too bad because that is the European Goldfinch absolute favorite food.

    Soon I need to start placing my potted plants in the cold cellar again. My fuchsia looks really sad after the frost but most other plants still look fine. Well my Persimmon trees took a bad hit but I think they’ll survive.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It sounds beautiful, the spiders webs I mean, not the frost! I love fog and get to see it often here, especially over the river.

      I feed them all year. When I sit on the deck in the summer, it is so much fun to watch them. Thistle is also the goldfinches favorite food here as well. Maybe you can buy it. You’ll have to check.

      We can keep planting until the first frost which is a bit away yet.

      Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Morpfy Says:

    and a football game appetizer:
    Avocado Deviled Eggs
    • 12 eggs, hard-boiled and halved lengthwise*
    • 1 lime
    • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and pitted
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    Place the yolks in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set the whites aside.
    Zest the lime over the yolks and add the avocado, mayonnaise, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mash all the ingredients together with a fork or potato masher until you get a relatively smooth consistency. Some avocado chunks are OK, as is common in guacamole; it’s really whatever you prefer!
    Lastly, scoop the mixture into the egg halves using a spoon (or a pastry bag if you want to be fancy) and garnish with some fresh or dried parsley. Try one, add some salt and fresh pepper, to taste, and serve!

    • katry Says:

      I’m all for this recipe. I love deviled eggs and I love avocado so what’s not to like here?

      This one will definitely be used!! Thanks!!!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Happy Lennie birthday fall starts Sparty takes on south bend Saturday Kat

    Our friends the Eels have a habit of offering live CDs at their shows or through their website http://www.eelstheband.com . Over the years I picked these up and today they are offering a double live CD called Tremendous Dynamite which with shipping runs about $15. For those enjoying the delights of Mark Everett it is worth a run. Mine is ordered and I will be happy to share my even unbiased revue when it rolls in to Michigan

    GO green GO white…Sparty

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      I will await that revue so remember to pass it along!

      I did not know you were a Michigan fan. As for them against Notre Dame, I doubt the outcome is in jeopardy. Blue and white all the way!

  5. im6 Says:

    Kat “liked” this on Facebook. I thought the KTCC gang might enjoy:


  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t feed the birds during the summer because there is lots of stuff around here for them to feed on. The bird feeders hang empty on their brackets.
    There is one small bird feeder that I put at the end of the driveway because it would be easy to get to in a snowy winter. Every day one English Sparrow will sit on the bracket and stare at me when I walk out that way. Obviously, the human has forgotten something. 🙂

    Something I read a long time ago mentioned that Chickadees were a very friendly bird and liked to hang around to check us out. The author referred to them as “the small boy bird of the forest”. I always thought that a very apt description.

    Today was the monthly knit together with friends. Rocky went off to doggy play school and I went off to knitting. Now we are both lounging on the couch in a happy state of tired.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The birds take deli numbers to get at the big feeder, and watching them is one of my favorite summer diversions when I’m on the deck. In the winter, prior to a predicted storm I fill every feeder so the birds will have enough food. I have a bird bath warmer, but I can’t find it. I’ll have to look harder I suppose.

      That is a great description of a chickadee. They are the most numerous birds at the feeders, and they also let me get really close. I read they will eat out of your hand if you’re patient.

      Today was a do nothing sort of day after being so busy. My back was bad after two days of working in the kitchen so I was happy for the do-nothing list!!

      Have a great Sunday!

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