Friday, July 18, 2008
Squawking like a pink monkey bird
As I sit at my computer, I am watching the hummingbirds outside my kitchen window. I have three feeders out and I fill them every other day. I have seen a dozen or more hummers at a time. They buzz and hover at the feeders making their funny squawking/clicking sounds all the while. They seem to crave companionship; but they fight constantly with each other. Just like humans, huh?
Out in the barn, I have 5 or 6 active nests of barn swallows. (This spring I counted 30 birds looking for places to nest.) All day long they blitz and swoop in and out of the barn looking for insects. They are very loud, always chattering amongst themselves, perched high up on the metal pipe supports of the barn.
I wish I could identify bird songs better. There are so many different kinds of them all the time. It's Nature's most wonderful symphony, the birds of summer.
Update: I filled all the feeders this morning and then I had to fill them again this evening. My, those hummers are thirsty! Then I noticed the sky tonight. Okay, so we can't get the northern lights, but I sure do appreciate our sunrises and sunsets!
And then I got to thinking about the Northern Lights, which brings me to this video. Watch!
Northern Lights by one of my favorite prog rock bands, Renaissance.