I love living out in the country where the air is a tapestry of birdsong and our little feathered friends forage busily in our gardens. We have everything from the drab but melodic Hermit Thrush to the brilliant Western Tanager; the giant and crazily prehistoric-looking Pileated Woodpecker to the tiny Anna’s Hummingbird. But unlike my blogging buddy Elephant’s Child, I don’t have any beautiful bird photos to show you.
And that’s my beef, right there: No photo ops. In fact, half the time I can’t even get to the binoculars.
I’d comfort myself with the knowledge that they’re wild birds so they never stay in one place for long; but that’s not actually true. They’re not flitting around, alert to the slightest threat. No; they’re flaunting themselves within full view of my windows, sitting there only a few yards away and preening. Even the hummingbirds perch for minutes at a time.
But no matter whether they’ve just landed or they’ve been snoozing there for five minutes, the instant I head for the binoculars, the birds fly away.
One might argue that they’re getting spooked when they see my movement through the window. I’d like to believe that… but I don’t. I can walk over and stand inches away from glass watching them, and they never ruffle a feather.
But just let me reach for the binoculars that live permanently in the corner of the living room, and the birds zip away, never to reappear until I’m at least ten paces away from the optics.
Reaching for the camera is even more futile. That doesn’t even require any movement on my part — all I have to do is think about the camera and the birds take off.
So not only can they tell the difference between me casually crossing the room on my own errand, and me crossing the room to pick up the binoculars; but they can also read my mind.
Bird-brains, my butt. Those little suckers are smart, and probably telepathic. I just hope they don’t decide to organize and attack like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
But if there’s no blog post next week, you’ll know what happened.
P.S. Speaking of bird-brains: Last night I had a great time presenting Write Your Book At Last at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. But… at the end of my talk, I forgot to ask if anyone was interested in more in-depth workshops. I’ve posted topic outlines on my Workshops page, but I won’t set dates unless there’s some interest. Please drop me an email if there’s a workshop you’d like to attend. Thanks!
Exciting news: The audiobook for Book 2, The Spy Is Cast is now in production! Its tentative release date is in October, and the rest of the series is scheduled to follow it into audio format ASAP.
And… I’m starting Book 15 this week! Hooray! 🙂