* * *There's nothing like affordable philanthropy to warm our better natures, especially when the donation goes fully and directly to needy neighbors.
I enjoy the tender virtue of sustaining birds at my feeder through a tough winter. But I also admit to enticing them to close range for the pleasure of their company.
His benefactor overhead, a seed-scatterer, has a bad reputation for swarming bird feeders, over-consuming and dominating the perch. Appreciating English sparrows takes a certain detachment to put them in the right light.
Birdwatchers tend to categorize in terms of the good, the bad, and the beautiful. Good is associated with daintiness, liveliness, colorfulness, and rarity. The titmouse qualifies well on the first two qualities. But is there any bird not beautiful?
One of nature's sweetest singers strikes an endearing pose on a single foot, the other tucked into a downy recess. The song sparrow's array of brown and white streaks seem as perfectly pretty as any bird, when you have the benefit of a zoom lens for detailed appreciation.The Christmas Card Cliché bird can't help his stunning feathers in the winter landscape. He's well-mannered and incandescent, if illogical - a rarity in my youth and here are eight of them in the yard, pushing north.
I can't walk by the window without a glance in their direction, a glance that often leads to lingering and absorption in the gathered birds. It's a kind of refreshment in entertainments beyond my design, in perkiness beyond my comfort zone.