Monday, March 29, 2010

Cedar Waxwings? Here in southeast Alabama?

I thought Rentman was opening and closing doors. I kept waiting for him to announce that he was home. I finally walked into the grand room to see what all the commotion was only to look out and see a bird sitting on the courtyard acting a little strange with one of dogs staring at it. I had seen them in magazines but never in person or should I say, in bird! I immediately recognized it as a Cedar Waxwing.

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I ran out to make sure our dog didn't try to kill the bird. I had no idea what she would do nor did she! It was an encounter she wasn't expecting. Birds usually stayed well out of her reach but this one sitting on the ground acting strange. She was definitely checking it out WHILE keeping her distance!

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I picked the bird up to see if I could tell what was wrong with it. It seemed okay then I realized it must have flown into the glass door. Sure enough, upon inspection, the glass had a little tiny feather stuck to it. The bird sat in my hand for a pretty good while probably wondering how in the heck it was going to get out of this situation alive. After all, there was a mighty big creature holding it and the odds did not seem to be in its favor.

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It had the prettiest coloring and I was tickled to be holding one of God's creations in my hand. What a beautiful bird! B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!

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Look at these markings, would you? It looks like a little bandit, doesn't it? See the little mask? I told my son on the phone it looked like Zorro! Do any of you remember him?

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Well, after I had taken a sufficient amount of photos of this little wonder, I opened my hand and after it sat there for a moment, it flew up into a pine tree. What an exciting moment! It was going to be okay!

So, I went back inside and while in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher, I heard that strange noise again. Bam, bam, bam! I couldn't for the life of me figure out what it was or where it was coming from. I had seen the waxwings sitting on a fountain we have on the courtyard drinking water and when they took off, they all flew together in the same direction.

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There was another one in the plant just laying there.

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Then I saw another one in another planter. I realized when they were taking off after getting a drink, they were flying straight towards the glass door. So, before someone got killed, I got a sheet and using clothespins, hung it in front of the glass for a day or two until they had left the area. It worked, too. No more slam dunks but I sure am thankful that I got to get "up close and personal" with these creatures.

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I think if I could be anything for a day, I would want to be a bird. I don't think there would be anything more liberating than being able to soar, while dipping and turning. Do you?

Scroll down and you will see where I have located several of them in the pine tree. I haven't figured out how to use that fancy arrow like some of my blogging buddies, so I just typed under where each bird is sitting.

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3 comments:

Laura said...

In two days, you've come up close and personal with two beautiful creatures! You are one lucky lady! That bird is stunning; it always amazes me how intricately colored nature can be.

Donna Boucher said...

I want to see one of those in person! I can't believe you picked it up!

It is beautiful and so are your pictures!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love that story! And those pictures are nothing short of amazing. How great that you could hold them like that! I think being a bird for a day would be an absolutely AMAZING thing : ) Loved this post!