Things have gotten kind of crazy here in the States. No matter which side of the virus crisis argument you stand, it’s gotten crazy. I feel like I need to write something about all of this, but I also think we all need to stop and take a deep breath and maybe even smile.
So, for now, I’m going to go for the smile.
Yesterday I took my neighbor out to my favorite park to feed the birds. She and her husband have just moved into the neighborhood and I’ve told them about the experience of having wild birds land in your hand.
This week we both had time to spend out there, and the timing was good. The sandhill cranes are back and the red-winged blackbirds arrived just a couple days ago.
Both are hungry.
I told her that the blackbirds wouldn’t come sit on our hands, they are always interested in the food happenings but will usually wait around until we move off and then go in for the leftovers. Just as I was saying this a huge blackbird landed on my hand.
I guess they were really hungry, because several of them swarmed around for a treat. I’ve never had them come in like that before, and it was pretty cool.
Of course the cranes were intent on getting lunch too. As we were feeding the little birds these two sauntered up the path behind us.
We had seen them over by the parking lot, but apparently they were interested enough in us to follow us as we made our way into the woods.
We wandered through the woods, over hills and across streams. Just about everywhere we stopped little birds came flying. It was so much fun!
On our way back to the car I noticed these three coming to see us at a fast jog.
They were absolutely beautiful, look at the colors in their heads…
…and in the feathers on their back. The sun wasn’t even out and they still glowed.
Speaking of bird heads…I was speaking of those right? Look at these two closeups of the crane heads….one of them had more feathers making the red part look like a heart.
And the other in this particular pair didn’t have similar facial feathers at all.
I wonder if one is a female and one is a male…or is one just different?
Now, a turkey head…well…these are just weird. I think Dr. Seuss designed the turkey.
Anyway, we had the best time, and we were serenaded out of the park by another pair of cranes in conjunction with our new best friends, the three turkeys!
My neighbor shared our stories with her husband and he wanted to experience it all for himself. So this morning we headed back out. Today we had blue skies and big puffy white clouds and a lot of wind.
We were met by the parking lot greeter cranes.
And then we ventured back into the woods. At first it took a lot to entice those little birds to come out of the trees for a treat.
But eventually we found a spot with lots of the little guys and we spent a long time letting them flit around us looking for good stuff.
And of course a pair of cranes came wandering up to see if we were worth investigating.
So we had two days of smiles this week which, thankfully, eclipsed all the news on television. I guess things will probably get worse before they get better, but as long as we have retreats like this to escape into, we’ll get by just fine.
I hope you are all finding something to smile about too. If you do, share them in your blog and link back to Trent’s smile post. He’ll post a recap on Monday of everyone’s smile.
These days sharing smiles is something of a public service.