May 09, 2006

Springtime Birds

Ah, what a joy spring can be even when I continue to be way too busy at work.

Cedar WaxingBullock's Oriole
Cedar Waxing
Bullock's Oriole

This morning my morning started at 5am so I could join a meeting with my colleagues on the east coast. While rubbing my eyes, sipping my coffee, and slowly becoming aware of my surroundings I realized there was some kind of commotion right outside my window. It certainly wasn't the usual chickadees or stellar's jays. When I looked out, I saw a few Cedar Waxwings who had discovered my tree which evidently is bearing some very tasty fruit right now. Once found, the news went out to the flock and for the next few minutes a swarm of birds covered my tree until something, which I did not see, suddenly caused them to flee.

Later, when pulling into the parking lot at work, I had to stop to see if I could find the bird that was singing in the eucalyptus tree. His song was intermixed with a raspy sound which reminded me of a speeded up audio tape machine. At that time I only saw the shadow of the bird as it flitted from one branch to another. Although I only caught a glimpse of the bird in that tree, later in the afternoon I caught sight of a bright yellow belly on a robin-sized bird which is the hallmark of the Bullock's Oriole.

It seems that the birds are reminding me there is more to life than just work.

Posted by Mary at May 9, 2006 11:29 PM | Entertainment | Technorati links |

Thank you so much for posting this! I've seen those Orioles in my yard, and I've wanted to know what kind of bird they are, but could never figure it out.

Posted by: Bonnie at May 10, 2006 09:42 AM

I saw a bluejay and a cardinal standing not 6 feet from each other in the grass the other day during a sun break, got to say it was one of the most uplifting things to cross my line of sight all week. Glad to hear you're still taking time to enjoy the birds, what a sanity saver.

Posted by: natasha at May 10, 2006 03:48 PM