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Thursday, May 10, 2012

This weather is for the birds!

Rain, rain, go away... Yes, we have had enough rain now for a while. A good long while. Enough already! At times today it was torrential. The ground must be pretty well saturated by now, our basement pump has been running frequently. Ollie and I have had a fairly lazy day. He has spent a lot of time on the back of the couch, one of his favourite spots to survey his kingdom the backyard. He has a particularly good view of potential lunch the birdfeeders. When the rain slacked off for a few short periods, there was lots of activity to keep Ollie engaged. There were finches and chickadees at the feeder, and the mourning doves were doing a fine cleanup job underneath - such great entertainment for Oliver. He chirped back at them and twitched his tail, no doubt fantasizing what a wonderful friendship they could have if only... ah, well, you know...

Later in the afternoon when the rain was heavy and the day seemed dismal, we looked out and spotted this little sparrow sheltered under a chair on our deck. He had found a dry spot and was all fluffed out, probably trying to dry his feathers somewhat before heading back to his sodden nest. Although he quickly spied my telephoto lens and Ollie's leering admiring glassy-eyed stare, he stayed rooted to his spot, unwilling to yield an inch...


A Bird

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sideways to a wall
To let a beetle pass.

~Emily Dickinson


shirley said...

The rain is wonderful when there hasn't been any but then it never knows when to stop sometimes. The grass is lovely and green (although growing and waiting to be cut), and the beautiful birds are thoroughly enjoying it

Pamela Gordon said...

I agree. We have enough rain now. I think the forest fire index must be lower too. Our pump is running once in a while for which I am thankfull. I love that cute poem at the end of your post.

GailM. said...

Ahh, it's nice to see those puffy clouds dotting that blue sky today. Birdies are such entertainment for cats, aren't they. Have you seen hummingbirds yet? I expect our regulars that feed at the cottage are just spitting mad at us because we have no feeder out yet.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

The gold finches just came back here yesterday and it's so nice to see their bright plumage and hear their chirp again. Emily Dickinson's poems are a favourite of mine and went very nicely with your pictures :)

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