Front Yard Birds

I have about four feeders in my front yard as well as three feeders in my backyard. The birds and squirrels all eat well from those feeders without too many issues, only the occasional disagreement occurs. Each morning when I go out to make sure they are filled I find the joy in watching how the birds react to my presence. In the back yard there are few birds except for the nuthatch. The nuthatch will fly up a couple of branches and then watch me fill the feeder. It is astounding how close you can get to nature without interferring with their daily schedule. Speaking of schedules, when I go to the front yard feeders I am greeted by sparrows, downy woodpeckers and grackles (type of blackbird). They fly away when I head towards the feeders to fill them. On occasion I have had the pleasure of the downy woodpecker just holding still beneath his suet feeder. I also throw out peanuts for the squirrels and the bluejays. Today as I was cleaning and refilling the bird bath, the bluejay came down not two feet from me and got himself a peanut to take up in the tree and eat. The squirrels were playing nice today as they all hunted for the best peanut of the batch. As I watch all the wildlife that comes to my front yard I am amazed that I see the same demeanor in them as I see in my human companions of the world. As I looked on I notice a lone grackle walking away from the yard. His pace was slow and deliberate as if he had been rejected from the flock. How similar they are to us and yet how different. On a recent occasion, tragically a young bird was struck by a truck and wounded severely. Within minutes of this happening the fledgling grackles flocked around the injured fledgling and stood ground until the older grackles came to surround the injured fledging. After about five minutes it appeared the bird would not make it and the other birds flew away but, stood watch from the wires above. The way I see the birds and squirrels may not be the same as others but, I see them as little versions of human life with the same attitudes and problems that face our society. Working together has helped kept them fed as well as housed in hard times. People can agree or disagree with me. It does not change how I feel and never will, that is what makes us great, we all do not think alike.

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