It has been eight days since I published an entry re the death of Mary Oliver, the poet I've written about here on Blogger and in social media venues. She is on my mind today as I go through my photos of squirrels, three of which can be seen at the top of this entry.
Here's a powerful poem of hers where this creature is referenced.
So far, it has been a very cold and bleak winter. With no snow to brighten up my surroundings, it looks a bit grim in my garden. But the many reason my garden seems grim is very few birds have been visiting it because there is a Red-tailed hawk in the vicinity.
Not only have the birds visits to my place slowed down, I haven't noticed them in the courtyard trees or on the window sills of neighboring buildings which is most usual.
Therefore I was most grateful to have a Downy woodpecker come for a visit the other day, and today, a lone Mourning dove spent hours in my garden. He stayed at a distance and did not avail himself of fresh water or sunflower seeds which I put out as soon I realized he was there. He just remained very still as he puffed up for warmth huddled near my winterized containers of flora.
|MOURNING DOVES ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS|
I truly wanted to go outside and just touch his sweet head or offer him food from my hand but I respected his right to have quiet time and knew that if he was hungry or thirsty, he'd avail himself of my nourishment.
Mourning doves have come into my place before. Once upon a time in the month of March, a little dove came in and made himself comfortable by alighting on my jacket, as evidenced below.
And on another occasion, a small one came in and huddled by a pipe in my kitchen, which may have been a source of warmth.
I'm always honored to have these birds come inside but I realize it's not good for them to do so as they have a tendency to attempt to exit through a closed window and I fear them getting a concussion.
I am very cautious when they enter my place and go to great efforts to see they exit without harming themselves. Btw, a Red-tailed hawk as well as woodpeckers and Morning doves are featured in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak...
... they are a small accomplishment and a small thank you to Our Creator for giving us such awesome animals.
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