The Joy of Nature Continues

I had a few doctor appointments earlier this week. and I came out of the appointments with another cocktail of antibiotics and plans for another sinus surgery.

I should be a pro at this sort of thing, but it’s It’s never fun when I don’t score well on my medical tests. I try not get emotional, but sometimes, you do need to feel and to let it out, so you can move on. Over the years, I have developed many coping mechanisms, and as I’ve said before, one thing that really gives me joy is Nature.

The Cherry tree in the front yard grows such gorgeous blossoms. It was the first thing we ever planted ourselves. In just six years, it’s survived several hurricanes, half a dozen blizzards, and any other number of weather events typical of New England.

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Once again, we’ve invited our neighborhood critters to congregate at our bird feeder. Over the past several years, I’ve experimented with various types of birdseed, and just this year found one that everyone loves, especially the songbirds.

A gorgeous red bird that I haven't been able to identify. He looks like a Northern Cardinal but lacks a crest.

A gorgeous red bird that I haven’t been able to identify. He looks like a Northern Cardinal but lacks a crest.

We continue to see and hear all sorts of birds we’ve never noticed before!

This guy looks distinguished, although he's wearing black and brown at the same time.

This guy looks distinguished, although he’s wearing black and brown at the same time.

This bird has pretty yellow markings on his wings.

This bird has pretty yellow markings on his wings.

The bird feeder attracts more than just birds.

My hubby remarked that it's like a Snow White movie out there in the mornings.

My hubby remarked that it’s like a Snow White movie out there in the mornings.

There’s a huge squirrel population in the neighborhood. I sometimes worry that they might hurt the birds, but they seem more interested in filling up their pouches. They sometimes climb on top of the bird feeder, using their fluffy tails to balance their bodies.

He's determined to get to the source of the food.

He’s determined to get to the source of the food.

The squirrels make themselves right at home at the tree, and most of the time, the birds don’t seem to care…

This is a brave bird!

This is a brave (and bright!) bird!

…that is, unless the squirrels are hogging all the food. Otherwise, they seem to mostly tolerate each other. Notice the dove to the left in the photo below.

Num, num, num...filling up my pouches!

Num, num, num…filling up my pouches!

It’s such a treat for us and the cats. We have a big puffy chair right next to the windows, perfect for watching Nature’s theater. Notice Milo’s ears perched forward; he’s watching his prey, waiting for the moment the glass magically disappears so he can pounce.

The birdies that Milo is stalking are just out of frame.

The birdies that Milo is stalking are just out of frame.

Whenever Milo sees these doves, he gets really excited. Perhaps it’s because they are plump and eat on the ground (as opposed to birds that eat on a perch), he thinks they are an easier catch? They are my favorites, though! So sweet!

These two always arrive and dine in pairs!

These two always arrive and dine in pairs!

Not to be outdone, Molly gets her turn at the window. She sometimes gets so excited that she crashes into the window. Silly girl, I love her, but she’s kind of ditzy!

Molly peeks out the window.

Molly peeks out the window.

It’s really relaxing to watch all this activity while I’m doing treatments or resting. One or both of the cats always alert us when critters show up, making a soft but distinctive cackling sound. They take their jobs very seriously. They put in so many hours watching their prey, that they have to take breaks every now and then. So I’ll leave you with the image of a very tired kitty…

Naptime!

Nap time!

Hmm, a nap sounds like a really good idea. Ta-ta for now!

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