Thursday, April 6, 2006
My husband has been complaining about birds lately. He says that there aren’t nearly as many as there used to be. To quote -- “Ten years ago there were a million birds making noise. Now there aren’t even ten!”
He’s trying to blame the disappearance of all the birds on our 3-5 outdoor cats. Me personally, I don’t think three-five cats can do away with a million birds. I think birds are smarter than that, surely.
When we first moved down here, there were a lot of birds. I thought, when we first got here, that I loved to hear “bob white, bob white...”
A year or so later, I would have gladly taken a shotgun to every last one of those stupid quails!
We didn’t have any squirrels though (and no outside cats to blame it on either!).
Now, we have squirrels, lots and lots of squirrels, but very few birds.
One thing we do seem to have a lot of lately is turkeys! They run back and forth across the highway in front of our house constantly. Until turkey season starts. Then, you don’t see them again until the season is over. I think they can read.
One of the few birds we’ve always had is the red-headed woodpecker. You can hear those birds pecking away, almost 24 hours a day. I see them in the trees frequently, but can’t manage to quite see their heads moving. Either my eyes are too slow or their heads are too fast.
I’m not what you’d call an avid bird-watcher, but I do like to watch them. I don’t cultivate hummingbirds either, but then, they’re all at my friend Jane’s house anyway. Her husband, an avid fisherman, loves the little birds and makes sure the couple hundred that spend time at his house are well fed and cared for.
I didn’t realize how much noise the tiny birds made either, until standing out by his trees listening to them fuss. And they do fuss!
My favorite bird has to be the American bald eagle. I guess that’s a lot of folks’ favorite bird.
They migrate around Sardis Lake, which is conveniently close to my house. Watching those majestic, beautiful, big birds, dipping down into the lake and coming up with a fish is a great way to spend an afternoon!
• I can’t let a week go by without mentioning the quilt exhibit. The quilts will be displayed April 21-22 during the Pilgrimage, in the education building of the First Presbyterian Church.
There isn’t an admission charge and the exhibit is not an official part of the Pilgrimage, but the Holly Springs Garden Club has graciously offered to hand out flyers at the library about the exhibit.
The quilts won’t be judged, but we will have a “Viewer’s Choice,” award.
Come pick out your favorite!
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