The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is put birdseed in the feeders. Few birds come around but the squirrels are usually waiting.
One day this week I ran out of birdseed. That afternoon, as I sat on the couch eating my lunch, a squirrel came out on a branch outside the living room window. It looked alert and energetic at first. I watched as it draped itself on a branch and closed its eyes. It hung there for a little while then moved over to another spot that wasn’t as obscured by branches. It once again draped itself over the branch, closed its eyes and appeared to be feigning death by starvation. I tapped on the window and it just hung there, like it was too weak to move. However, once I put peanuts out, it snapped back to life, the drama apparently having served its purpose. 🙂
The Stellar’s Jays haven’t been around much lately so I was happy to see Jasper, the jay with the dangling wing, sitting in one of the cedars. I was so worried about him last fall and throughout the winter but he’s still alive and appears to be doing well.
So many people complain about the jays (they can be quite noisy and obnoxious) but I’ve missed having them around. They may be common and pesky but I think they are the most beautiful bird we have. They love to hear it too! At least most of them do. Jasper is too wary to hang around for sweet talk and I don’t want to lure him closer just in case Trouble and Scooby see his hurt wing decide he would be an easy target.