by Ruth S. Foster
But the bright red male cardinal is an angry bird. Mean. Yes, different birds have different personalities. Some are shy and timid. Some
Our male cardinal will not let his little wife (or significant other) eat at all, even after he has finished pigging out. Not the fox sparrow or the other smaller birds either. That angry bird even chased away our other cardinal family whose male was smaller and younger, and whose little wife (i.e. mate) may even have been angry bird's own daughter.
This year is odd though. I have kept a records of my birds and what time they come for breakfast. We used to have many, many more. About 6 chickadees. 4 titmice, and 2 cardinal families, several juncos in winter, a nuthatch, and some mourning doves.
But this year my birds seem afraid. They are very quiet and hide in the shelter of a bush. Sometimes we have woodpeckers who frighten them, to hide until the scary woodpeckers leave. (I shoo them away, too.) Yesterday a big flock of something flew through and my birds all hid again. We also have had hawks.
Nature is ever changing. Species change. Population density changes. Dangers change. But birds always know where their next meal is. And if I bang on the door and yell, they'll come for breakfast.
Ruth S. Foster is a landscape consultant and arborist. More gardening