Those of you who have read my blog for any amount of time know that I love 'my' birds! I have several feeders, three of which are hanging on hooks on the deck, just a couple of feet outside my office/studio window. Right now I see a downy woodpecker eating off of the suet feeder, a dark eyed junco sitting on the deck rail, a Carolina wren eating dropped seeds off the deck, and several titmice, nuthatches and chickadees eating off the other feeders. I LOVE my birds!
And one of my favorite things to do is 'rescue' birds who have gone astray. You see, we have a very tiny screened porch right off the breakfast room and dining room. It is probably less than 6' wide and maybe 9 feet long. We long ago took the screen door off the hinges because it was too much trouble opening and closing two doors to let the girls out. So, from time to time birds get into the screened porch and can't find their way out. That makes my dogs go crazy, and thus calls for a rescue operation! I have held goldfinches, a dove, a cardinal, titmice, a dark eyed junco, and I can't remember what else, but you get my point. For me to be able to hold these gorgeous things in my hands is such a joy! Holding a cardinal was a precious gift, because they are so scary and don't normally let humans get close enough to them to be caught.