Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Backyard Camper

Jim still can't sit comfortably at the computer to blog, so I'm back (Kathi). I thought I would tell you about the bird camping out in our backyard.

I noticed a bunch of bird poopies on the patio near my garden. Then I saw bird poopies on the inside of the patio just above that. I wondered who was doing that! I decided to evict him. I am not a fan of birds anyway.

Then, we came home after bowling one night and saw the bird was sleeping on a cable that runs the length of that wall, snuggled up against the wall. How could he sleep on that little cable without falling off? Why didn't he sleep in a tree or something?

We kept an eye out and discovered he arrives between 8 and 8:30 each evening, but is gone by the time I get up at 4:30 in the morning.

I decided I would just tack a piece of paper up there until he realized he couldn't sit there with the paper in the way.

Then I thought about how pitiful he looks perched there on the small cable, hugging the wall, and all alone. I felt bad for him. He obviously needed a safe place to sleep, where he didn't have to worry about being bothered or killed. And alone!

So, I decided he could stay. I wouldn't do anything to encourage his moving in, but I wasn't going to turn him away either.

I went out last night to take his picture while he was sleeping. I zoomed in from the patio door, but couldn't get a good shot. I moved in about five feet, but still couldn't get a good picture. So, I moved about half way up the patio to take one, and as soon as the flash went off, he woke up and fluttered off.

I didn't see him there when the dog went out before bed.

I didn't see him when the dog wanted out at 1 a.m.

I didn't see him when I watered the garden at 5:30 a.m.

I think he might be gone, 'cause his little nook is no longer really safe. I feel bad that I'm the one who made it that way.


  1. That is so sad! A couple of years ago we had a little bachelor bird who lived under our patio cover too. We named him Cliff because when he was perched up there, it looked like he was on the edge of a cliff. I know. How original, huh? I hope your little guy comes back!

  2. I LOVE that. Cliff! Did you call him Cliffy? And did he say, "NORM!" whenever you did?

    That is sweet. How long did he stay?


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