Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cardinal rules

Did you see this morning's beautiful, almost full, moon. It will be full on Valentine's Day. That's a pretty romantic coincidence (although the Anishnaabe call it the sucker moon, I don't think that has anything to do with Valentine's Day). Most of my Valentine's Day shopping is getting done before the last minute. That's quite unlike my historical approach. While we were on our way to the stores we had in mind, we got a great surprise. We saw an eagle, twice, once as we were southbound, and again as we were northbound on our way home. (The daughter person's fiancee was, again, the other half of the we.) Seeing the eagle wasn't quite as exciting as our bird encounter last night. None of us are sure how it happened, but we ended up with a female cardinal in the house. She looked just like this one.

female cardinal at feeder
last night's visitor?         © harrington

After what I suspect was some mental and emotional trauma on her part, and some scrambling on ours, she was encouraged from the downstairs family room into the front hall and then outside. This afternoon, as we returned, it looked like the same bird feeding under the front feeder. It's pure speculation on my part but I think she might have got herself trapped (again) in the screened porch and came in through the walkout door as I let SiSi out to take care of some business. Nancy McCleery's December Notes seem to fit February pretty well also.

female cardinal under the front feeder
under the front feeder   © harrington


December Notes

By Nancy McCleery 

The backyard is one white sheet
Where we read in the bird tracks

The songs we hear. Delicate
Sparrow, heavier cardinal,

Filigree threads of chickadee.
And wing patterns where one flew

Low, then up and away, gone
To the woods but calling out

Clearly its bright epigrams.
More snow promised for tonight.

The postal van is stalled
In the road again, the mail

Will be late and any good news
Will reach us by hand.

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