One of the joys of where we live is the rich animal life. We live near a river with a reasonable space around our house. We have deer, foxes, coyotes, chipmunks, squirrels, wild turkeys and birds. The view out the window is fascinating and joy creating. A while ago friends from Germany came to visit. Their children spent most of their time on the deck watching the varied life around us. At one point the daughter ran up to us and said, “You live in a zoo!”
Of course the most interesting, abundant life are the birds. All kinds of birds from hummingbirds to red tailed hawks. We feed them, of course. We put out suet year round so they have enough fat to survive winters. Birds seem to be teachable. The books tell you that cardinals won’t eat suet in a standard feeder because they can’t grasp the cage. We call our place the Martin-Zimmer school for birds because our cardinals do eat suet out of the standard cages. The downey woodpeckers sit on the screen and watch us as if to understand us as much as we try to understand them.
When we have a tough time or something is getting us down we stand at the windows and watch the birds for 15 minutes. It lifts the gloom and lets joy back in.
With love and joy.