The Conversation: Birdfeeders

There are no topics too mundane to talk about in a letter. In fact, I find that simple things take on an air of importance when they are put down in ink. I enjoyed reading about Cathy's bird feeder and must tell her about my own. The only birds to ever visit my own feeder are hummingbirds, though Mr. Duffy scatters seed to invite a local pair of doves to visit our yard. There's something gentle about doves, don't you think? I haven't seen them in a while but they are a soft gray like the pair in the picture below. 

But back to bird feeders. I have a hummingbird feeder right outside my bedroom window and we have a lone but regular visitor to it. Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures. Their colors shimmer and their wings move so rapidly they're a blur. Did you know hummingbirds can fly backwards and have such a high metabolism rate that they must eat more than their own body weight each day? That's not what we think of when we say, "eats like a bird."

But back to Cathy's birdfeeder. Her visitors are cardinals. I've never even seen a cardinal as they prefer eastern states.  I'll have to ask her about cardinals. I confess I know nothing about them save for the fact that the males that have the brilliant red coloring. I hear also that the females can be quite bossy. No comments about bossy women, please!

I would love to have brilliant red birds outside my window. I can not, but that will not dampen my enjoyment of our hummingbird.

So what have you been writing about lately?

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