I hope this finds whoever is reading this well and your loved ones too!
Loving wild birds began for me when I was about 5 years old and my Dad brought home a robin’s egg. He gave it to me to take care of it. I put it in my dresser’s drawer amongst a lot of soft clothing items and was so careful with it. I thought that I would be able to bring it to birdhood, but it broke! I was inconsolable! I began to notice that birds were special to me, especially robins!
When I was around 8, an owl flew overhead. I tracked it and it landed on the TV antenna of a house close by. I was on a hill and could see for quite a way–and everywhere I looked there was an owl or a bird of that size on each house’s TV antenna! Later, when I was going on a trip to my grandmother’s–I was around 9 or 10–I noticed owls on almost every fence post (we were in a rural area) for a mile or so! As a result, I became very “into” owls and started collecting items in the shape of owls or that had an owl on them! Then when my friend started counting how many owl objects I had, he quit when he hit 1,000! I still have a lot of these owls, but I have branched off to include other birds and birdhouses in my collection!
The birds I love to see at my feeders are American Goldfinches and Lesser Goldfinches! The American Goldfinch male, in his spring plumage is a sight for sore and winter-weary eyes! I think the House Finch, with his orange/red markings, is striking too. All of these finches are very social and vocal too! From dawn to dusk, my back yard is full of bird song and I LOVE it!
I will post more about my favorite wild birds and back yard birdwatching soon!
May you be at peace, my friends!