As I sat at the table drinking coffee this morning I watched the birds right outside the window – goldfinches, the regulars – sparrows and starlings, and a gorgeous rose breasted grosbeak! It’s probably the prettiest bird I’ve ever seen and they pass through my yard every year in May.
Suddenly I heard a loud thump and knew that a bird had flown into the window! I ran to the door and there was Heidi inspecting that beautiful grosbeak on the ground. I yelled at the dogs to stay back and ran to the bird and scooped him up in my hand. He was stunned and wasn’t moving.
I was immediately alarmed and didn’t want to open my hand just in case he could fly away in the house! And there would be a dozen cats and two dogs chasing him! So I took him into the screened porch and tried to take his picture – one handed, of course. Why wasn’t Rick home to help me?????? Grrrrr….
I think this is the most beautiful bird to visit my yard! Look at those colors! There’s a quilt color palette if I’ve ever seen one. And look at his prominent beak!
I could not get a picture of his underwing but it is also rose colored – just gorgeous! After a short while I took him outside and threw him up in the air to fly only to see him flutter to the ground. Oh, dear! I scooped him up again.
I grabbed a wire wastebasket with a cover and left him in the pantry. I actually put some favorite grosbeak seed in the bottom. After about 60 minutes he was revived and and climbing the wire sides of the basket.
I took him out the back door and removed the cover – he flew away! Thank God he flew away and I didn’t have to watch him wither and die. What a blessing the beauty of this bird was to me today!
Now yesterday was a different story. It barely got to 40 degrees with a brisk wind from the north and the wind chill was about 26. Yikes! May 9 and it was winter clothes weather. When Rick got home from work we got our warm clothes on and loaded up one lawn mower at a time and went into town to mow the lawn at our church. I do all the trimming with my zero turn mower and a Rick uses the bigger lawn tractor for the “football field” in the back.
Aidan and Owen wanted a quick ride around the parking lot so they climbed on and away we went. Oh, that wind was cold! But you’d never know it by looking at their smiling faces!
This picture says it all – I was chilled to the bone after 2-1/2 hours of mowing. If this volunteer job was always done in this cold weather, I’d have to un-volunteer – ha! There are 6 families who mow so hopefully this is the last time this season that I’ll have to wear my winter clothes.
Tomorrow the youth from our church who are going to Costa Rica in August on a mission trip are coming to clean my barn for a donation. I have started some of the cleaning but I’ll be so happy to turn it over to this group of teenagers and I will supervise.
Think of us all tomorrow!