Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Day for the Birds

For some this could be a complaint....but for me it is more like this.

First, when the boss went to the barn this morning, what he says is a big hawk flew out of the barn cleaner shed. He swears it's a red-tailed. Could be. It was back later when he went over again. Hopefully it will hang around long enough for me to check it out.

Then the dear, sweet, gentleman who sometimes brings bird seed in the winter stopped.

Later as I walked into the office, passing through the living room where the big windows are, a huge flock of robins passed by. By huge I mean like probably more than a hundred.

They just kept coming in waves ranging from a few birds to twenty at a time. 

And then when I went to fill the feeders a little chickadee came right up to me and scolded as he grabbed a seed.Nice, huh? 

I hope the robins hang around. I have been so jealous of my dear friend in Ohio......


threecollie said...

The first time I ever heard Ode to Joy was at a campfire early one day at Terrill Pond up by Blue Mountain Lake. My brother was humming it as he cooked something...I don't remember what...and I was captivated by the magical tune. I have loved it ever since and went to SPAC as many times as I could to hear it live. Great stuff! If a commercial comes on TV that uses the tune, I will perk up my ears, even if I am reading a really good book with my Peltors on.

Cathy said...

Yes. The mystery of a great music. . . that it can move us as deeply as Ode to Joy.

I have absolutely no range of knowledge or skill about or with the great orchestral works . . but I know what is beautiful. I don't know if anyone heard me, but I've instructed they play Beethoven's Pastoral during my funeral :) It's not funereal. It's upbeat and in my way of thinking celebrates the beauty and whimsy of nature.

Cathy said...

PS. 1. You lucky! White-throated sparrows and a chickadee feeding from your hand !!
2. Thank you. For Ode to Joy and the friendly link:)

Rev. Paul said...

As a music major in college, we were so deeply immersed in orchestral music, studying its structure/theory/composition, that it almost ruined my enjoyment of it.

Almost. :) But it IS moving, no?

lisa said...

You always did have a way with the birds!

Terry and Linda said...

One of my most favorite birds is the Robin. To see a huge flock of them would delight me beyond words!


threecollie said...

Cathy, I know very little about classical music too. But I like a few things a very great deal, such as the 9th, the 6th, same as you, Bach's Toccata and fugue in Dm, and a few others. We have wonderful sparrows this winter, the white throated, white crowned, American tree, lots of juncos, and now and then a song sparrow. They all come at once!

Rev. Paul, I would have hated that. I despised picking great stories apart to find what lurked underneath in college English classes. Sometimes it is simply better not to know. I loved watching the video though, partly because the performers were so obviously having a great time playing it. Music should be moving, whether it makes the singers sway with the rhythm, or makes listeners tear up or laugh out loud. Amazing that someone writing as long ago as Beethoven could move people just as strongly today.

Lisa, I loves me my little boidies. lol

Linda, it flat out made my day! It was SO cold here, cold in the house, cold in the barn, with he wind and the temperatures the only place warm was the milk house...and it kills me what it is costing to run that darned heater. Then to see so many robins with the sun just setting their breast feathers gave me hope.