advantages to being home sick

there are 
some advantages
to being home sick 

getting to sleep as long as you want 
or
 as long as 
your cough congested head/chest permit 
is
 high on my list

 i woke
 to
 a
 chirp chirp chirp 
that didn't sound familiar

 truthfully
 i know nothing about birds
 can't tell a sparrow from a house finch
 but
 i do know
 we have
 both 
jays and mourning doves
 frequenting 
our small cement backyard
 by our 
i mean the brownstone's
 not mine

 there are also pigeons 
they fly around a lot 
roosting on areas 
which have been 
supposedly
 made
 pigeon proof

 nothing
 deters 
those flying germ bags

 jays
 have a distinctive caw

 mourning doves
 sound very sad
sort of like a fog horn

 this 
chirp chirp chirp
was different

 once i was up i forgot about it 
til 
i saw
 the cats in the bedroom
 sitting
 low down
 looking up

 there on the neighbor's boathouse 
yes 
they built this thing that houses their boat 
i have no idea 
how
 they got the boat
 through their house
 and 
into the yard
 but ... 

anyway
 i spy the cats spying
 so 
i bend down
 look up 

there
 on top of the boat house
 is 
a bird
 i think is a female cardinal

i decide to get a photo 

of course
 by the time
 i got back 
with
 the long lens
 she was gone

 i left the camera there
 so
 next time
 i would be prepared

 it took 2 days of waiting
 but 
i finally got a photo

 now
 i warn you
 i shot through a screen
 into
 heavy shade
 so
 its not 
one
 of 
or
or
or
beautiful bird shots


in that photo
you can't see her tuft
or 
her coloring

so i googled
got this



its what she looks like

i think she's got a nest nearby
maybe i will get a better shot maybe not



8 comments:

  1. It is hard to imagine life without google! Glad you found a new friend! Hope you are feeling better!!

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  2. I'm learning more and more birds by sight since moving to Virginia 7 years ago. We had VERY few birds when we lived in the Phoenix area, only hummingbirds and mocking birds as I recall.

    We google the identity of birds and plants all the time at our house. It's no wonder Google rules the world. Seems everyone uses it as their searcher these days.


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  3. Lucky girl! Millions of times...for the past million years anyway...I always try to see a male cardinal while I'm out East and so far have never seen one! I'm reduced to having to paint one for myself. One of these days I'm so moving out East and staying put until I get enough of them. Yesterday I was driving to mom's listening to the book reviews on CBC and the book reviewed was called Birding with Yates by Lynn Thomson. The host introduced the book with a cardinal call so at least now I know what you've heard. I want to read that book actually, it sounded lovely. :)

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  4. she's a beauty!
    I' getting worried about u, long enough with the "cold" the doc said??

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  5. Cardinals, male and female, are such beauties.

    The human versions of Cardinals, of course, are the bane of existence of Cubs and their fans.

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  6. Oh! She's cute. And it doesn't look like you shot through a screen either.
    Hope you feel better soon!

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  7. The red beak is the giveaway! I'm still pondering the boathouse thing ...

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