A couple of the mourning doves as well as a couple of house finches who visit my urban (NYC) garden got together — at one of my feeders — late this afternoon to nosh, and after nearly emptying it, they wanted to discuss how they survived Hurricane Sandy, as that storm slammed the city and surrounding areas a week ago today!
I'm told that these birds' initial plan was to meet to discuss the events of this past week (for the memo re their meeting stated, "that was the week that was" — borrowing a title from an old sit-com).
However, instead of chirping about Sandy, three of the birds seemed to focus their gaze to the northwest, while the other eyed yours truly (through the "window" of my bird-house-style feeder), as seen in the photo-op at the top of today's blog entry.
It seems that most of these birds are aware that a nor'easter is due to hit the city in a few days and, instead of focusing on what happened during Sandy, they may be planning how to get out of town for a few days as Cam might have done. Cam, as you may recall, dear reader, is a cardinal that I've featured in a number of entries here on Blogger and on tumblr; as well as dedicating a movie to her ("Words in my Beak Book One"), which may be viewed on Vimeo. Cam is quite memorable, but perhaps I'm saying that because I adore her; and so for your convenience, I'll post an image of her below.
Cam seems so happy in this image as she "races" towards her food; and yet I have not seen or heard her since the day this picture was taken! I'm afraid she's been killed, even though folks tell me that she may have left due to heavy rains that pounded our area, rains that were ultimately followed by Hurricane Sandy! Cam has disappeared and returned in the past, as I mentioned in a previous post on Blogger, but she was not gone as long as she has been since I last saw her.
Cam was always gracious when she visited my garden, and I'm certain the house finches and mourning doves miss her too; in fact, that may have been a topic of conversation for them, as you also might surmise, dear reader, from another photo-op of their afternoon pow-wow at my bird-house-style feeder, which I've posted below.
As you can see, two of my house finches are engrossed in a conversation whilst the mourning doves continue to do what they do best — seeing about food! All kidding aside, the finches do seem quite concerned about something; and I'm certain their concerns go beyond their need to ensure their safety during the coming nor'easter, for I believe they miss Cam as much I do! After all, they certainly have enjoyed her company in the past, as evidenced by the images posted below of bygone times in my garden.
Be that as it may, Cam has left us, and perhaps the reason for this is for her to take care of young ones; as I thought she appeared to be doing this in an image posted below (which was taken in September).
The strange thing is that during the months in which Cam came to visit me, I only saw her beau on one or two occasions. (Was he her boy toy or hubby?) As of this posting, Cam has been missing since around October 20th, and, now, since Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, Cam's significant other has been noshing with what appears to be great pleasure; as evidenced in the photo-op below, where he is giving me the same look that she used to.
|(This image is also posted on tumblr with a little story.)|
|Cardinal Dines Alone . . .|
|... but not for long once mourning dove discovers the feeding system|
|"Bunk-Bed" Style Dining:|
Morning Dove (top) and Cardinal (bottom)
|House Finch AND Mourning Dove are Cautious Before Eating!|
|House Finch Stands Guard as Mourning Dove Indulges!|
|Two Mourning Doves Study Our Feeding System|
(And Ultimately NOSH)
But even though all the other birds enjoyed noshing here in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there is still no sign of Cam! However, I do have two newcomers to this garden pictured below.
|A Tree Swallow?|
|On the Look-Out For The Approaching Storm!|
|A Little Nervous About Nor-Easter Prep|
|Demonstrating Exit Techniques for Approaching Storm!|
Meanwhile, please know that my heart goes out (as I'm sure do the hearts of my visiting birds) to those who are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and my good wishes go to everyone in range of the nor'easter!