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Nature: Simple Caregiving on Desert Knoll

photography-birds-mojave desert-SwittersBWhen I was growing up, in the ‘city’, everyone had a garden, bird feeders, fruit trees and 4 channels on the TV. Somewhere along the way, many of those givens disappeared for various reasons. Today, you see this seemingly new discovery of gardening, raising hens and stewardship of the land that was just a given fifty some years ago.

One of the enjoyable, simplistic connections with the ‘land’ is tending to birds throughout the year. The other night, as we sat in a friend’s backyard, in the desert, the landscape came alive when they filled the bird feeders. Birds arrived, singing their  tunes, flitting about. Quail snuck in low to pick for the falling seeds. The simple act of feeding the birds, gave visual pleasure to all and a nice sense of caregiving.



Anna’s Hummingbirds

Anna HB SwittersBAnna’s Hummingbird

The trouble with this touchy-feely, one with the Earth deal there are traps. We have spent most of this past year maintaining feeding stations for Hummingbirds. My mother-in-law has done this for years and while visiting, I would find it interesting and amusing, so I gave it a try. Well now the trap: when the temps drop and the snow flies (as it has been…24 and snowing now) then this silliness in me ensues in which I am going outside to get the just frozen feeders, bring them back into thaw and then return them back out to the chattering, buzzing Anna’s Hummingbirds. They hover within a foot as I replace the feeders much like our dogs and cats do. 

I know they have coping mechanisms, etc. But, now I feel honor bound to keep the juice flowing. The cats enjoy the festivities too…visual catnip.

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