Our kitchen window provides a wonderful view of our community lake. Just a couple of feet outside is an iron fence with our bird feeder which attracts many feathered friends. To provide them with a larger, more proper perch, we repurposed a pizza pan into a platform extension, then added a little bird seed (actually pounds and pounds of it over time). This has created quite the diverse following. Blue Jays, White-winged Doves, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mockingbirds, Wrens, House Finches, Red Tailed Hawks.
A couple of years ago we were visited by quite a unique guest - a very large white bird. A huge dove? An enormous pigeon? Not only was his size unusual but he did not startle easily and he seemed to prefer walking or standing to flying. He would look at us longingly as if asking if we could help him find his home. He didn't appear to be injured. He hung around for a few weeks, eating from the feeder or perched on our roof. He allowed us to get within inches of him but wouldn't eat from our hand. One day it rained and he just stood in it. He didn't seek shelter in a tree or care to go anywhere. He just remained. He let the rain pour down on him for half and hour or more and blinked the water away from his eyes. Poor Baby Huey. That's what we named him. It seemed suitable - matching the description of the oversized, awkwardly juvenile duck/bird from the vintage cartoon. We wondered if Baby Huey was someone's pet. Was he trained to do magic tricks? Deliver secret messages? So intriguing. We notified the local bird store in case someone had been looking for him. Then just when I thought we had pretty much adopted him as our own, he vanished. I actually cried a tear, missing that strange bird. I'm just glad we had a place for him to stay for a while at our own little B&B (bird & breakfast).
Below you'll notice the Red Tailed Hawk on our fence. No. Don't go there with this story. We refuse to think that THAT is what happened to Baby Huey. Those photos are at least two years apart from each other and I choose to believe Baby Huey is still out there somewhere, popping up out of a black top hat at a birthday party.
Most recently, we have been visited by a Cardinal. It is our first sighting to our little B&B from one of these red beauties. No photo yet but I hope she will stop by again. Yes, Spring is still in the air!