It was a heavy eating day or the birds. It’s cold — which always makes them hungry — and it’s the day after filling the feeder.
The birds live in the forsythia hedge. There used to be maybe a dozen birds in those hedges. Now there are dozens, as well as up in the trees so as one bird starts eating when the next bird (do they take numbers like in the deli department in the grocery?) is ready, he flies down, knocks the current bird off the feeder and grabs a seed.
This relay happens so fast, I’m rarely able to catch it except by accident. Literally, one second there are two birds on the feeder and a second later there are two different birds there. They are very, very fast.
Some birds hang onto the feeder better than others. One Warbler wouldn’t move for at least 15 minutes. On the whole, Woodpeckers and Nuthatches are the best hangers-on.
Also, the Titmice are very picky about what they will eat and like to toss the pieces they don’t like into the air … and the Chickadees like to dive off tree limbs and the feeder.
Wings closed, they just dive and don’t start to fly until they get near the ground. Most of the other birds fly off the feeder. Chickadees just dive.
Nuthatches eat upside down. Some of the birds like to lie in the seeds and just eat reclining.
We live on rocks. Rocks, roots, and shale — that’s what the area is made of. The reason our house is all the way over on the northeast edge of the property is there’s a rock the size of New Jersey in the middle of the property.
The guy who built this house (and a lot of others along this road) was not a great planner. Rather than moving the construction further forward on the lot (it’s 2.5 acres so land isn’t the problem) or further back — both of which areas are flatter and has fewer boulders — he pushed the house all the way to the northeast edge of the property line.
Over the property line.
On the neighbor’s property.
Which later required a property exchange, a dozen years after the original building was erected.
The funny part was because our buildings are so far apart, it took a decade for anyone to notice this house was actually half on the neighbor’s land. Ah, life in the country!
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