The variety of birds I just witnessed coming to the berries of one of our flowering dogwood trees (Cornus florida) and the feelings they inspired make me realize how happy I am living here on this property with the man I love...and surrounded by the beauty of nature. It renews my desire to make this a place of natural beauty that is attractive not only to us, but attracts wildlife that are also things of beauty.
After hearing the call of the pileated woodpecker again, I grabbed the camera and got a shot right before it flew off to the nearest telephone pole. Chickadees and a titmouse caught my attention (although these were eating the sunflower seeds I'd put out). Before I realized what I was seeing, a male bluebird arrived to get his share of the berries--it wasn't until I looked at the photos that I realized there were two of males. Finally, a robin arrived to join the feast. I have to wonder what I miss when not looking out the window.