Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Latimer Time

From 7/23/07 It was like you were with me this past Saturday evening. I guess I've listened to you long enough to know that you would be prodding me to look for more.
Bingo Bango and I were out on the deck looking to the West. He was in my lap and we were both content. The sky was mostly clear except for some cumulus clouds down low and a scattering of cirrocumulus clouds way up high. The cirrocumulus clouds caught my eye. I guess I don't see them that often. They seemed like the last gasp of the cooler, dry air that had been with us at the end of the week.

As we watched, they slowly disappeared. Venus played hide and seek with the lower cumulus clouds. An Eastern Wood Peewee was calling to the South of us. A Northern Cardinal gave us a chip note and then sang us a little song. The Grey Catbird dove into the Nanking Cherry bushes in the garden. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird stopped by to remind us to make more nectar for the feeders in the morning. It was a very peaceful ending to the day.

Earlier, the water dripping from a hose into a birdbath only a foot above the ground had created a near frenzy for the birds in our backyard. Mr. Webster must have been watching a Grey Catbird in a birdbath when he defined the word "frolic". The Veery and the American Robin tried to match the Catbird in enthusiasm. Families of Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees, Chipping Sparrows and American Crows joined in the romp. A trio of Redstarts, a Yellow Warbler, a Black and White Warbler and a Scarlet Tanager were also drawn to the water. I think an Eastern Phoebe took a dunk, too.

It was like a real KAXE moment. The kind you can imagine that you could hear with Pam doing a "Play by Play" of the action at the water while I was doing the prep work for supper. OK, I guess we're nuts - but it really was a lot of fun!

This week is forecasted to be very hot and dry. If we can do one thing for birds it would be to provide them with a little water. A hose placed low to the ground dripping water into a bath is all they need. Then, sit back and watch the action.

So, thanks again John for encouraging us all to slow it down and enjoy all the wonderful sights we have to see when we get into "Latimer Time."

Ken Perry from Brainerd

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