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out the window

I looked out my window, and there was a bluebird perched on the little cherry tree by the two bluebird boxes. (There were also house sparrows, on the same bush. Maybe they will live in harmony--one box for the bluebird, one box for the house sparrows. It's a little early to start setting up house, though.)

Meanwhile, a squirrel is trying to break into the shed where the guinea pig hay is. He keeps circling the roof, trying to find a weak spot.

No sap flowing again today. So cold.


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Feb. 28th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
He'd do better trying the floor I suspect -- though maybe a monster toad would eat him. But on the roof he's got to be hawkbait anyway. Reminds me of Buson's verse:

むささびの小鳥はみ 居るか枯野哉

A flying squirrel
munches a small bird's bones
in a bare winter field

(translation from rei fu's page: <http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/island/5022/buson.html>)

Not that Buson is being fair to the cute critter, apparently. . .but that's another story.
Mar. 1st, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
It's sad that cactus don't attract birds. My mother had a lot of bird attracting plants in her old garden, and I quite miss all the lorikeets.
Mar. 1st, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
lorikeets and painted buntings
You made me curious to see what a lorikeet looked like, so I found this picture:

What a dazzling bird--we don't have anything like that around here. In the south they get painted buntings, but not up here. (Here's a painted bunting)

Cactuses look like they ought to attract something--they have such beautiful flowers! Not hummingbirds? Butterflies?

Thanks for commenting, by the way!... can we friend each other? (If I put you down as a friend, does that mean I get to read your entry from my lj page, or does it mean that you suddenly find mine appearing on yours?)
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
Re: lorikeets and painted buntings
I've already friended you... I get to read your journal entries. If you friend me, you get to read my entries.

I'm glad you liked the lorikeet. That one you've found the picture of is a rainbow lorikeet. We have some beautiful birds in Australia. Course, there used to be a lot more, but quite a few were hunted to extinction by Victorian Gentlemen whose idea of nature was to shoot it, stuff it and stick it in a glass box.

The bunting is also very pretty. It looks like some sort of finch.
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
added you :-)
Actually, I was so pleased and happy when (just now, after writing the above comment) I saw that you had put me as a friend that I put you as a friend too! Yay!
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Looks like you've already got a nice poem there. "a bluebird perched on the little cherry tree by the two bluebird boxes" nice image. A little tweaking, and you'll be all set! I love when a seemingly random observation has a poetic feel to it. It's the most natural way to write, I think.

(I friended you, by the way. Hope you don't mind.)
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
the more friends the merrier!
On the contrary--I'm *delighted* you friended me and will friend you, too! I loved your journal... I have just been hesitant to ask people because I fear rejection so much!

I agree with you about poetic scenes--even mundane things can have a poetic quality.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: the more friends the merrier!
hurrah for new friends!
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