Subject: house finches Date: May 1 08:27:42 1995 From: Susan Collicott - susan at pmel.noaa.gov
Good Monday Morning!
Yesterday I woke up to a house finch defending the window feeder from all sparrows - such noisy little things! As I lay there (avoiding getting up to reboot the computer system at work), I noticed that the finch would reach up, and drink the water drops that had condensed on the inside of the feeder's roof. Over about a half hour, he gathered all the drops. It was interesting to finally distinctly hear his song versus other twitterings in my backyard. (Perhaps I need to set up a birdbath...but too many cats around for that, I think.)
Also, while up in Alaska I found a lovely book of avian poetry. _Flights of Fancy, Alaska Birds in Verse_, Edited by Jan O'Meara, illustrations by George C. West. ISBN # 0-9621543-4-2 ($7.95) I highly recommend this book. Nice poetry, and some of the visions it creates are exactly as I've thought (but been unable to put into words!).
I don't think the author would mind me posting a sample - after all, I'm promoting the book!
Fox Sparrow -- Demon dancer of the bush, Frantic footwork Raising such a din Among the fallen leaves, You'd think a beast Ten times the size Was moving through the brush