Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pep Talk

I have been encouraging the Cardinals.
They can hold their own with the House Sparrows.

There is plenty of seed for everyone.
No need to be concerned.

I have been talking with them.
Giving them advice,

"Slow down, be careful, hang on."

I do not think they are paying any attention to me.


Cheryl said...

The cardinals are so beautiful, we do not have anything like them here. They look so exotic. Always a pleasure to read your posts.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I see where the chain is now.

meggie said...

We used to see those little brown sparrows everywhere, but for some reason we never see them now. I heard they have decreased in numbers in New Zealand also, & no one is quite sure why.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
The Northern Cardinals look exotic to me too! They live here year around I still think they are exquisite.
I am glad you enjoy my little essays. I have lots of fun doing them.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Yes, the chain that the Chickadee was on is the chain for a copper bird feeder. The Cardinal is a tad big for using it as a stopping spot! I have seen the Nuthtaches on the chain too.

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
The House Sparrows are in huge numbers in my backyard. They are very aggressive birds and will take over all the cavity nesting spots. They are kind of "mean" to other birds. I think the large population of Cardinals this year is actually helping keep the House Sparrows in check. I do see the Doves and Sparrows being caught by the Hawks too.
Hard to say why their population has diminished in Australia and New Zealand. I heard their numbers were down in England as well. Maybe they are susceptible to the avian flu.

Barbara said...

Oh, I love these photos!!

Q said...

Dear Barabara,
Thank you.
It is good to laugh.