After a while when Brad had left I sat down in my usual spot by the back window and observed the expected feathered and furry friends to arrive. The Blue Jays were first, then the Squirrels, a female Cardinal touched down but was off soon after. A couple of Goldfinches showed themselves. I was real happy to see them. They haven't been around for weeks and weeks. There was a Grackle but he didnt' stay around either and didn't bring back the expected extended family that usually turns up. There were a couple of Sparrows but mostly it was the Blue Jay who was very entertaining today.
The birds are still not touching that one feeder with the thistle seed. I replaced it with a fancy feeder and the thistle thinking it would bring the Goldfinch in droves. It might have looked very pretty glistenining in the sunshine so beautifully - maybe that was the problem - but after about a week of no-shows I put the old feeder back, still with thistle seed but no joy, no birds will go to it. I'm perplexed!
I watched as this little fellow stuffed one of those huge double peanut shells down his throat and immediately pick up another, flying off into the trees. After a while he came back and repeated the process many, many times.
We've had a lot of rain in Northern Virginia and though we started off with some beautiful sunshine it wasn't long before there was a deluge. Look who turned up after the rain stopped. He looks like he has just come back from a mud bath.
He apparently took offense at my exclamation and calling him a dirty, dirty, little bird and flew off into the trees, and wasn't seen again for the rest of the afternoon.
Sensitive little things I have around here. I even offered him a shower but we still have NO HOT WATER in this house and he looked quite shocked at the thought of it. Tell me about it I told him. Oh happy days, the repairman is coming on Monday morning.