I have a routine each morning that I am at home, off the road. Morning is my favorite time of the day.
I wake up and check my e-mail... then to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee which I enjoy with a English muffin with peanut butter. I put my feet up and begin to watch the birds. I can see how their colors change thru the season. I can see how they share, or don't share the space.
One thing I particularly love, the pileated woodpeckers who come and who are redecorating my deck. I consider that it will take them about 20 years to destroy the deck completely and it probably would have fallen apart in 21 years without their help, so I just let them create the circular ridges up and down the bannisters. But what is very cool is how they eat the suet.
I have a simple square suet feeder up close to the window. They will eat from the center of the suet, forming a perfect circle in the center and then eat out from there, like it were a tree.
And since circles form much of our spirit belief, I get so excited to see that even when they eat, they are eating from the perspective of circle. I don't know much about birds, I just love them.
We have two hawks who circle above our deck at about 10:00am each morning. We have at least 10 different types of birds that come to feed each day and at one time I can have over 50 birds on the deck. I have never bought curtains for the huge windows overlooking the valley. I know that many of you have the same love for birds that I have. Oh and the crows, I always have fed them left overs, but one morning a couple of years ago they had a true feast. We were traveling to Grandpa Bob's house and I made 2 pans of lasagna to take along for us to eat. I decided that there was not much room in the refrigerator so I put them out on the deck. I put one pan in the grill and covered it. The other pan I put on the side of the grill and covered it with a heavy lid. I went back into my office to write. An hour later I heard quite a commotion and went out to check where the noise was coming from, since you don't hear much in the middle of these mountains. I came around the corner and saw about half a dozen crows take off... those suckers had eaten my whole pan of lasagna. Good thing I had one left. They were kind of mad at me after that because bread crumbs just aren't the same as lasagna. Needless to say, the word is out in the crow world that 200 Medicine Way has great appetizers. I suppose I love those birds so much because I am present in those moments that I am sharing with them. We are one in this universe and as we love to provide for them, Creator God loves to provide for us.