LIVING IN “ANGRY BIRDS”
I like playing the game. No big deal, but it’s a fun way to pass some time – if you’ve got some time you want to have passed away from you.
But it’s NOT fun living inside an Angry Birds screen. The birds around here are crazy – and think they own the place, it would seem.
Two evenings ago, I decided to take my evening reading out to the deck and enjoy a cool summer evening overlooking my backyard pond, as the low sun shone on it.
I opened the door and walked out — to a flurry of heavy wings and angry quacks. I had disturbed the ducks who were also enjoying the evening along the banks of the pond. They were not happy with me.
I’ve already given up my front porch this summer – to Mother Robin.
Last year it was Mother Cardinal, this year it’s a robin who packed my porch light tight full with stuff. It’s a G R E A T disturbance whenever I walk out the front door. I do feel a bit guilty. I’ve been pregnant. I know what it’s like to be disturbed once you’ve found a comfortable seat to relax in.
Mother flies off in a “huff” or what sounds like a bird huff, and sits on the grass nearby, “barking” at me in robin-speak. It could be kind of cute, but the longer I stay outside (like planting flowers, doing a little weeding. . . ) the more it gets annoying.
Which is, I suppose, her intention.
I leave. She goes back to my porch light.
It’s always been like this – Birds First. I remember one time I went out on my back deck to just . . . well, to actually pray for a brief moment out there. My eyes were closed, when suddenly I felt a Presence – at my cheekbone. And I heard an intermittent, loud buzzing. When I slowly opened my eyes, I saw a blurring motion right at the tip of my nose. It was a curious hummingbird, looking for a landing, I think. Or maybe I had just had some orange juice.
But too close for comfort! My nose is close to my eyeballs! I wrote about it in a post called Fawn Fun, here….
Back door. Front door. It’s enough to make one stay indoors for the Duration.
And to make one remember from whom the birds descended: