Summer Birds

Two cat silhouettes looking at feeder

“That’s a house finch, the one with the red cap.”

“Okay, this noisy one down here who’s swearing at me is a tufted titmouse.”

“He is noisy! I thought the wren was bad with her language but this guy is swearing in languages other than bird.”

“Let’s keep staring at him.”


“He’s really nuts now.”

“That one’s a house sparrow.”

“No it’s not, it’s a female house finch! They all are—they’re the red guy’s harem.”

“Birds don’t have harems, stupid. They mate for life, just two birds.”

“Mom found an article that said that just wasn’t true, that birds played around.”

“Whatever, but that’s not a house sparrow.”

“Go get the guidebook!”

“Mom put it away in the book case with the door.”

“That’s no wonder. ‘Someone’ forgot to put it back on her pile the last time and she thought she’d lost it.”

“She leaves it all over the place, it wasn’t my fault.”

“Careful, she’s standing right behind us.”

“Oh, she’s taking a picture again.”

“Okay, the one that’s nearest the red guy is his wife, but the other two are house sparrows.”

“Let’s see if we can read mom’s mind. Sometimes she talks to herself and says it out loud.”

“Let’s both turn and look at her, she’ll probably talk to us if we do. Maybe she’ll say what they are.”

Hey guys, are you enjoying the birds?

“No good. What else can we try?”

Those tufted titmice are really squawking up a storm, aren’t they?

“Wrong bird. What next?’

Guess I’d better get back to work. Why don’t you two try not being so cute so I can get something done around here?

“I guess we’ll never know.”


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5 thoughts on “Summer Birds

  • Pingback: Lessons From a Tufted Titmouse « Old Things R New

    • June 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Layla, it could only be improved by actually being out there!

      Sorry my comments and answers are slow and sparse–new computer is coming next week and in the meantime the old one is so slow I want to scream, and occasionally it freezes up so I’m trying to be gentle with the video card and mother board until the big change. I’m glad I had a big commissioned piece of artwork to do this week!

  • June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely photo and your ‘text’ is just what I think my cats are thinking when they birdwatch, too. I voted for you under 2 cat-agories and visited the ‘Teams’ website too and voted for them also! I do have trouble reading your drop down lists though, with the dark brown and rust colored text…

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Teri, they laugh at me when I propose to know what they are thinking! But I’m sure we can’t be too far off.

      Thanks so much for voting for me. I have a lot of little issues with this template that I can’t seem to resolve, in part because of browser conflicts. It’s relatively new and the techs have been hard at work resolving problems with updates so hopefully even next week there should be an improvement!


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