This is for the birds! Do you have cheese to go with this whine?
Our peaches are luscious this week. You don’t eat them, by the way, you pick a ripe one from the tree and ‘drink’ it right there on the spot – honest – you don’t even have to chew, a few slurps and it disappears.
I am a bit frustrated when many of the ripe ones David brings into the house have been pecked at and partially eaten by birds. I use my half for cobbler or other treats and throw the leftovers into the compost pit. Why is it that I don’t see any birds quarreling with each other to eat the ones on the ground over the fence or the pieces in the pit?
Today I watched 2 woodpeckers, several robins, a dozen starlings and countless finches or sparrows fluttering around the trees and vines. They are quite audacious. Even when a person stands under the tree the birds just fly up out of reach or onto a close fence.
The finches are the same naughty redheads that were plucking my apricot blooms last spring. I suppose they were tasting the nectar at the flower’s base but they seemed just bent on a search and destroy mission.
A robin boldly hopped along, completely ignoring randomly thrown pebbles, under the grapes enjoying bugs and grapes – they aren’t even ready yet! And it hardly bothered to move away when someone walked by. I see that almost red tomatoes hanging near the ground are also partly eaten. I didn’t see the robins do that but I do know they LOVE red fruit!
Some of the green peaches have also been pecked. I can understand the ripe ones but I was surprised to see that. This morning I saw the woodpeckers – 2 of them – larger than robins with brilliant orange red tails and markings. They checked out every tree and bush here and at the neighbors. I noticed they were even feasting on the green apples! That is way past audacious.
I might not mind sharing if they ate the same fruit each time but, like a child unsupervised at a buffet with a finger licked here and a bite there, they peck here and eat there – here a little, there a little, everywhere a little bitty! Nasty birds! But I like birds.
I plant sunflowers just for birds, and flowers etc with them in mind – not the meanies like the starlings - but I haven’t even been irritated by the greedy sparrows or messy flycatchers.
C’est le vie! I guess I don’t really feel up to canning yet anyway. I might just as well share.
Come on over. You and I will have a feast of whatever the birds don’t get first!