“Autumn birds speak cheerful poetry from their berry-stained beaks.”

The sun was out this morning but has since disappeared. The paper said intermittent clouds with a high in the low 70’s. I’ll take the clouds and be happy with the warmth.

Yesterday I found a nest on the dining room floor. Not so odd as I have a few nests I’ve found and put on a shelf in the dining room to display. All of a sudden a bird flew by me and landed on the mantle. The nest on the floor made even more sense then. I opened the storm door and thought I saw the bird fly out, but Henry went upstairs so I wasn’t sure about the bird. It never reappeared so it did go out the door. My floor in the kitchen is filled with paw prints from Henry and the last rain. Yesterday I started washing the floor. I found some bird poop.

Henry lies down when I tell I’m to sit. He does it every time. I have no idea how that confusion started. I’ve decided to teach him to sit when I say lie down.

The birds are back to the feeders. It didn’t taken long. Most are chickadees. Two of the feeders are hidden by the table umbrella. I’m going to move it. I do like looking out the window and watching the birds.

I couldn’t wait. I made a jaunt to the deck a while ago to move the table. It took far more time than I expected. A feeder was hanging too low because the branch it was on had broken. I tried to move the feeder to  another branch, but that branch was too high to reach even for my longest hook holder. For a fleeting second I thought of moving a small, sturdy table and standing on it to reach the branch but then common sense and past history overrode the stand on the table idea. I did hang that feeder but not where I wanted. I need a tall person or someone not afraid to climb. I’m neither.

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10 Comments on ““Autumn birds speak cheerful poetry from their berry-stained beaks.””

  1. Bob Says:

    It’s hard to imagine that all the birds on this planet are the descendants from the dinosaurs. Also, the different beaks of finches observed during the voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin led to his book “On The Origen of Species”. Yet another scientific fact that Republicans just can’t seem to wrap their brains around. We’re still living the legacy of the Scoops monkey trial. High school kids in some school districts have to be taught creationism in biology classes along with evolution. Sadly, this century may turn out to be China’s and Russia’s but certainly not ours.

    Partly cloudy skies with high in the mid 80s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It is hard to imagine that the smallest of birds descend from dinosaurs, but there is little doubt. Some of the fossils had feathers.

      I am happy I do not live where creationism is part of the curriculum. People here would scream so loudly were that even suggested.

      We do seem to be going backwards.

      • Bob Says:

        The only problem with living in Texas, besides the summer heat, is that we live on the buckle on the Bible Belt. Last winter I mentioned that the flu virus evolves every year to a coworker and then made the statement that evolution continues everywhere. He replied that evolution only applies to microbes that everything else on earth was created by God. I was and am shocked that intelligent college graduates would believe the Genesis story literally.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I totally agree about supposedly educated people taking the Bible literally. What about that flood!!

        I wouldn’t even know what to say if confronted by the God made everything argument.

      • Bob Says:

        We seem to be rushing back to the future, 1950 here we come.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The 1950’s were not so bad!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yeah, I would also be one to contemplate standing on something that was not built to be stood upon. It’s so much easier than going down to the cellar, dragging the ladder up the stairs, and pinching my fingers trying to unfold it. The rungs are too far apart as well. They build these things for tall people and my knees are not appreciative of the distance.
    Wise decision to opt out of standing on the small sturdy table.

    It’s raining up here. I thought I heard something tapping on the windows. Raindrops, not ravens.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I am always an accident waiting to happen so I have learned to dismiss climbing as an alternative. I’m hoping a tall person visits.

      It hasn’t started raining yet, but it is supposed to during the night. A warm up is also coming sometime this weekend. Weather this time of year is so iffy.

      Have a great evening!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m so glad that You didn’t chose to stand on a table 🙂 🙂

    I don’t have any good places in front of my windows to hang feeders, not if I want the birds to be close to protection in the bushes if a raptor should pass by. The lilacs outside my kitchen window is more or less just straight up growing stems so it is hard to hang anything on them.

    Yesterday was cold and sunny, today is chilly and rainy. We did manage to take a walk before the rain but I guess that’s the only one we’ll take before going to work. I don’t mind really, it is nice to be indoors listening to the rain hitting the windows 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I too am glad I decided not to climb.

      The feeders aren’t close to the window, but I can see them. They hang off branches off the deck. The problem is the branches are dead and some have broken under the weight of the feeders.

      I also love the sound of the rain on the windows. In Ghana, I had a tin roof so I could really hear the rain. Sometimes the rain was so loud I couldn’t teach as the classroom block also had tin roofs.

      Enjoy your day!!.


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