I think of the birds who visit the feeder outside my studio window this time of year as winter’s flowers.
Even though I rarely just sit and watch them, they keep me company with their movement, color, and sound, on the cold, dark days of winter.
There is their chirping of course, but there are other sounds too. A certain thump of communal wings when Blue Jay comes and all the smaller birds fly off together. And the woodpecker who came for the seeds, but makes his presence known by knocking on the back of my studio.
The Tree Sparrow sits selfishly on the feeder, chasing the other birds away. But the Chickadee makes quick flights, grabbing a seed behind her back and flying off to eat it in the Lilac bush.
The Dove and Junco eat what has fallen to the ground. And the Nuthatch joins the Woodpecker on the suet, only upsidedown. Only now, in February, am I seeing the Cardinals.
And the worse the weather, the more birds come.
When I posted the pictures of my Bird Potholders, I got a slew of emails. Everyone had a specific bird they wanted. And they had a story to go with their request..
One of my closest friends was raised Amish/Mennonite and chickadees were her mother’s favorite birds. I was thinking your potholder would be perfect for her in memory of her dear mother. The nuthatch is one of my favorite birds. They are always hanging upside down on my feeder outside my work window. Barb Z.
Just two days ago I was heading out to my Joyful Pause Cottage studio which is just twelve steps from my patio door and across the deck – I have three pine cones I keep loaded with peanut butter and seed, plus a hanging block of seed. Well, two little nuthatches were out there eating away in between their darling little chitter sounds. I slowly walked right by them and they didn’t even seem to mind my presence. It was so lovely to be so close to them! So this pot holder will now always remind me of that sweet encounter. Barb T.