It’s raining, but my backyard is filled with birds and squirrels—even the rosy red minnows in my ponds love the rain.
Yesterday I saw the cutest baby squirrel inch its way down to the pond’s edge to drink and then munch on one of my water lilies that were blooming right at the edge.
I had no idea that squirrels could eat lilies—nor could I have imagined the sweetness of a baby squirrel face gingerly buried into a snowy water lily! Wish I could have whipped out my camera in time to show you, but it did not last even a moment.
Cardinals and sparrows bring their babies to the feeders. Dove, robins,
blue jays, titmice, chickadees, wrens, mockingbirds—they’re all regulars.
It calls back memories of Grandma Dot, who always
had a metal drum filled with bird seed sitting on her back porch,
some recycled Parkay and Coolwhip tubs to scoop with,
and a rainbow of birds lined along her fence.
Like pigeons on a telephone wire, they would sit
and wait for her every morning to open the door.
Cardinals were her favorite, and I always think of her
when I see our cardinal families come to visit.
Occasionally I see a hummingbird or hawk here
(there’s a cast of Cooper hawks in our neighborhood).
One of the last times I saw a hawk in our backyard,
it flew off with a baby snake! It was right after John died.
I looked up from my computer to see the hawk sitting on my back fence,
seemingly staring right through me before he dove for the snake.
Recently I’ve also seen meadowlark, kingbird, and goldfinch!
Not many yellow birds visit, so it’s always lovely to see them.
If the local monk parakeets ever find my backyard,
it’ll make my whole year.
My yard is a bit wild and definitely not manicured,
and I surely don’t know how to garden,
but it holds songs and peace for me.
It’s my blessing place.
April 30th, 2021
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