Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Our Backyard Friend


I'd like to introduce you to our backyard friend who came to visit this past summer. We couldn't be anything but in the moment for this little fellow to stop by, as it is most unusual for these wild finches to ever come close to a human. My husband and I decided to stand absolutely motionless, watching about 15 of these guys feed off of a thistle bag I have hanging on a shepard's hook in my yard.

We placed a small amount of thistle seed in our hands and stood, motionless, like statues with our hands extended to see any one of our feathered friends which venture into unknown territory, when all of a sudden this little one took a liking-- first to my husband.

He clung to his shirt and then slowly made his way to his hand for some feed. My husband then gently picked him up and placed him on my hand for this photo op. Everyday for approximately 12 or so days, as soon as one of us stepped outside he would fly to us, land on our shoulder, shorts, arms. He'd sit with us on the patio swing, keeping us company, feed and visit for as long as we'd have him and then one day I think one of his fine feathered friends convinced him it was best to move on. This intimate interaction with our little friend was one of life's simple joys. It reminded me of being in the moment and how good it felt. It reminded me of the warm summer days.

Thanks for stopping by. "The Way I See It"

10 comments:

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

Oh how cute!! I love watching nature in its more delicate side!

:)

LostLuggage said...

omg! I just want to put him in my pocket!! I Love him...surely that was someone's pet?? That is amazing!!

Artsy said...

How precious. I love to watch the birds and also to feed them. I have a Bird and Squirrel santuary and love watching them. So surprised the bird would fly and land on you. Love it! Stampcheap

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

quelle jolie histoire !! les mésanges sont des oiseaux adorables !! moi j'ai déjà eu des rouge-gorge dans mon garage. Merci pour cette belle photo !

ginny Smallenburg said...

What a lovely little story!
I love both of your blogs.
Keep us entertained, dear one.

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

I am guessing it is an American Goldfinch, in California there a couple of other species of goldfinches...I would need to see pitures of wings, etc.

Thanks for your comments...regards.

Sandollar said...

What a wonderful photo and story...you must be very patient!

Corinne said...

That is so amazing. I love those finch birds, but man do they move fast. I am so glad that you were able to interact and get the shot. Pretty cool.

Godelieve said...

Ooooh!!! What a moment to treasure! I love watching the birds in our garden, I know how patient you must have been to make this photo. I'm impressed!

dawn said...

awwwww,
i am so glad that you had your camera.