Posted by: carolyn / through a widow's eyes | August 22, 2015


Been slacking lately keeping the bird feeders filled, what with travel, company, work, emotional disruption, and all that. But as soon as I did the chore, lugged out the heavy bag of toothsome black oil sunflower seeds, the birds were back within a half hour: finches, wrens, chickadees, morning (or is it mourning?) doves, happily darting from one feeder to the next, chirping their delight. Had they been watching, waiting? A whole family of cardinals, adolescent males and females, flutters in the heavily-laden apple tree outside my kitchen window. Their burnished, tawny young reds are the same as the ripening apples. Their tweet, tweet, chirrup call-and-response makes me unreasonably happy. Not to say that birdwatching is a reason to live, but I saw recently a quote that said something like, “Find one thing you care about, and that will be your salvation.”


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