Today, I’m grateful for purple finches at the bird feeder. (This photo is of my feeder — no success photographing the purple finches, yet.)
I’ve been feeding and watching the birds for years, and I’ve seen plenty of house finches with their red tinted heads fading into brown streaked bodies. But the other day, I was thrilled to discover a pair of purple finches at the feeder, the red on their heads extending right to their tail feathers under all their brown streakiness. I hope they visit again soon!
Today, I’m grateful for the eagerness of the birds while I’m filling the feeder.
They start to chatter as I open the stepladder. I can hear their excitement (or impatience) as I pour the seeds in. And they’re at the feeder before I’ve finished dragging the ladder away — chickadees, cardinals, woodpeckers, blackbirds, tufted titmice. Sometimes, I just stand and watch before folding up the ladder and putting it away. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for the family of cardinals that came to the feeder.
I watched the family of four as the adult male flew back & forth from the bird feeder to the branch where the adult female and two young cardinals sat waiting. He fed the young ones as they opened their beaks and flapped their wings wildly. What a gift to witness this precious moment. I keep hoping they’ll be back soon. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for a cup of sugar borrowed from a neighbor.
It’s not for me. It’s for the hummingbirds I hope to see at my hummingbird feeder. I bought a new feeder this year and didn’t realize I was out of sugar. In these days of quarantining, I’m not going to run out to the store just for sugar. But a call out to my neighbors brought a swift reply. So, really, I’m grateful for the neighbor who supplied me, and, in turn, the hummingbirds, with the sweet supply.
Today, I’m grateful for noisy blackbirds — the way they arrive in a raucous flock and alight in the trees, making so much noise it’s like the trees themselves are singing. And then they descend on the backyard bird feeder like someone’s throwing a party! 🙂
Yesterday, a chickadee sat on a nearby branch, watching and waiting while I climbed a ladder and filled the backyard bird feeder. It reminded me of last summer, when one of my daughters introduced me to hand-feeding the birds. I can still feel their tiny feet gripping my fingers. It took my breath away. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?
P.S. Wondering what a Gratitude Spiral is? Find the answer here.
Yes, I know, they’re just rodents with bushy tails and can be super annoying at times. But have you ever watched one run up a tall tree with a mouth full of dry leaves to stuff into a nest, over and over again? Or seen them run halfway up a bird feeder pole and then jump off, over and over, in order to shake birdseed onto the ground? They’re a rare and free form of entertainment! 🙂