I’ve had the feeder up for over a year now, some of the same birds have been coming by for a long time. They are used to seeing me mostly obscured by the monitors, but they do know me by sight. When there are hungry baby birds in the nests, the traffic to the feeding table is amazing to watch. The chickadees are pretty much tame.
As readers know, from time to time, I put up props such as small trees or an Easter basket, and I shoot the birds as they fly in to check out the new things. This results in a lot of fun for birds and photographer alike. But lately, I’ve been too busy to pay much attention to this.
There was the extended stay by the team of plumbers. Then the complex task of taxes, which seem to get more so each year. While I still put out bird food, it has been seeds on the old feeding tray and a dish of soft suet.
The birds seem to be troubled by this. Few are showing up these days, mostly the juncos, but they don’t linger. I inadvertently burned a small portion of the last batch of suet. Thinking their palates might be offended by this, I made a new batch that was just perfect. The juncos come by, grab a quick bite, and leave.
This morning, the male wren came by, landed in the nandina bushes right in front of where I work, and gazed in at me. I waved, and went back to my work. When I looked up again, he was staring at me again in what can only be described as a meaningful way.
A couple of hours later, here comes a junco. It heads straight for a miniature fir tree I used as a Christmas prop, and sticks its head into the branches, looking for food. Then it turns around and gives me a look.
Maybe I should design a maze that they have to work through to get to a food reward. One last meeting with my tax person tonight, and I’ll get to it, or something equally challenging.