Wow, what a crazy time we are living in. But this morning I received a gift and I thought I’d share it with you.
A couple weeks ago, while in a wildlife store purchasing thistle seed for my finches I heard that evening grosbeaks were being seen on local feeders even though their range doesn’t normally come this far south.
I’d never seen an evening grosbeak, so I looked them up in my birdbook and began to keep watch. Nothing much showed up, at least while I was watching, but this morning as I was passing by the glass door in my kitchen I noticed a shape on the railing that didn’t fit my regular bird visitors.
Whatever it was was bigger than my little birds, and sort of the shape of a smallish robin. And then, in the early morning light there was a slight flash of yellow. And that white bar on the wing. The light was so poor, but I couldn’t help but grab the camera, change the lens to the long one, amp up the ISO and try.
I was satisfied with the bad photo because I had proof of my visitor. And that made me smile.
Then the bird, I think it’s a female, flew up into the tree above the birdfeeder, watching the chaos that always surrounds morning breakfast.
Still the light was bad and I had to up the ISO until the image looks more like an illustration than a photo. But I was smiling.
She dropped down for a try at the feeder.
She made it in to grab a seed but the bully bluejays were right there chasing her away.
I put the camera away to tend to the dog. But passing by another window I saw morning light slice across her as she sat on the railing, picking up seed others had left behind.
And then, wonder of wonder, she dropped down to the deck, right into a patch of light.
I think she did that just for me.
I especially liked this shot, that shows the dog footprints on the frosty deck. Katie and I had just been outside, filing the feeders and sniffing for good stuff.
I’m sure glad she stuck around to show me herself. She’s definitely part of the good stuff around here. She was a gift this cold November morning.
And now I’m sharing it with you.