I have had a wonderful summer, so far, although the beginning of it wasn’t so great with the fires in Colorado, the smoke, the wind, etc, but then we rolled into July and have had a good bit of rain and the air is clean, the dust settled, so life is good.
One part of that existence has been bird watching. My wife got me into this, growing up in a family of bird lovers. I never thought I would really enjoy it…I mean a bird is a bird, right? But, enjoy it, I have. while sitting here this morning, I couldn’t help but wax philosophical about how birds are much like people in behavior.
We have many species who come to the feeder, wait their turn and even try to clean up the stuff on the ground, so nothing is wasted. Some are prettier than others, but they all have different behaviors. Some can’t stand to see others feeding, even if they are not hungry.
Certain species are so much like human subgroups. Take Blue Jays. They dress up colorfully and swoop in loudly, not waiting their turn. They will never share and bully any other birds which get in their way. And, if they know I am packing, they will not hang around. If I am not packing, they make a lot of noise and would take all the feed if they could.
Take Cowbirds. Please. They are too lazy to make their own nest and think other birds should do all the work and then they can just move in. There are some birds who will mess with a nest just so the birds who made it will leave. They don’t really want it, but sure don’t want to see other birds happy.
Some are shy, some are friendly and most are interesting. I admire the friendly ones who work hard and are polite. So, why do I need to go to town? Same stuff right here with the birds. Plus, I can run the ones off I don’t like. 🙂 And shoot the bullies.
Disclaimer: Notice I did not mention any subgroups by name, ethnicity, religion, or political leanings. It is up to the reader to use his or her own imagination. I do not want any religious or political groups demonstrating or calling me. That is for the birds.