It has been quite painful, but now we're able to spread the pain meds out a bit, so no more waking through the night to keep up. It's not fun to be in the sling, and he's TIRED.
The first few days he was content to mostly stay in our room, reclining in his chair, which has also served as his bed so that he doesn't turn in a bad way during the night. Now he's happy to join the family downstairs, and enjoys a spot by the window from which he can observe the activity at the bird feeders Prince CuddleBunny and I set up.
--Is there such a thing as "bright brown?" I wouldn't have thought so until I saw these birds. The color really flashes when they move around.
Our first, more colorful guest was this orange and black bird with white spots. Using our favorite bird identification book, Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound,
|Birds of Seattle & Puget Sound|
we thought it might be a Bullock's Oriole, which are listed as common in the area, but seldom seen.
After I was able to see its bulkier beak more closely in this (blurry) photograph, however, I discovered it was, instead, a Black-Headed Grosbeak.
Like his smaller cousin, the Dark-Eyed Junco, which we saw for the first time yesterday, they clean up under the feeders.
|Notice how full this feeder is...|
Tuesday our watching was rewarded with the sight of one of the brightest colored NW birds, the American Goldfinch. This beautiful guy shared the feeder with the Chickadees, a Black-Headed Grosbeak, and other finches for awhile and then flew off.
|...compared to this one. They were each filled|
to the top on the same day.
|Mr & Mrs Goldfinch|
But he was back in about a half an hour, his little bride at his side. :-) She has accompanied him many times since.
|Beautifully colored House or Purple Finch|
They, too, often dine in couples.
We've seen a few hummingbirds at the liquid feeder, but not many... And never with enough time to get a picture.