Friday, January 15, 2010
Bluebird and House Finch
I woke up this morning and realized I have it. I've had it before, but I really thought I'd licked it. It's been known to strike people of all ages and hang on indefinitely, so it was foolish to conclude it was gone for good. When it didn't show up this fall and winter--more than fleetingly--I concluded that maybe I really would go on without it. There have been signs lately. Now, I think it's developed into it's full-blown state!
'What is she talking about?', you ask. 'Bird Itch! That's sounds too personal!', I hear you saying.
Yes, it's personal. (It's not contagious, so don't be alarmed). It's actually quite satisfying, though. I'm telling you this because you might want to get it for yourself. It's free--and it's available, right now--outside your window!
I've had bird feeders and a birdbath for years but it wasn't until I really took the time to look--rather than take just an occasional glance--that I began seeing the variety of feathered friends regularly stopping by to visit. When I added a couple of sturdy, squirrel-resistant bird feeders, a heated birdbath, and some nesting boxes to my yard, things really picked up. So much so that my birthday gift two years ago was a nice SLR camera, with a good zoom lens. Last years birthday gift was an outdoor Bird-Cam, as by then, I was blogging and wanted to share my passions with others. I'm getting ready to set the camera up outside, so be on the lookout for some live video that I'll be sharing in the months ahead.
If you don't have Bird Itch, it's okay. If all of my neighbors had it, I probably wouldn't have as many avian visitors as I do, and I'd be forced to share. But since it's free, and available in most neighborhoods, why not see if you can get a little of it for yourself?
I'm glad the disappearance of my itch was only temporary, as it really is pleasant to have. Thank goodness there is no known cure for Bird Itch!
Downy Woodpecker (female) and Bluebird
--Today I am thankful that my 'itch' has come back;-)
Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.
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