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May 24, 2013

Those birds drove me in

NORMAN — Have you ever seen the birds as active as they are during this cool, rainy spring? They were just going bonkers during Mother’s Day weekend — the sparrows especially hop-skipping, dive-bombing over each other in order to grab that tad of grain sprinkled for them on the back lawn.

Last Friday night I was working in the garden just before the sun went down, grubbing out grass and weeds from the neglected garden when I became aware of a number of birds standing still on the ground while intensely following my movements.

After a little I was becoming a bit paranoid, so I stopped a minute and thought of the soon-to-come darkness; the parent birds wanted to return to their bush, tree or vine without alerting the enemy (me) to the whereabouts of their nests.

A robin was the only feathered one who stood his ground, pulling up 2-inch worms and struggling to get them down his throat — when not chasing other birds out of his territory. Without the aid of hands it appeared a bit difficult because the worm, still wiggling, wasn’t so easy to get down his throat.

Robins are the most approachable of the wild birds that dwell in most yards. I have a pair of that dominate the front yard and another pair that rules the backyard. They were the first feathered wildlings to drink and bathe in the lovely bird bath given to me for Mother’s Day by my daughter Jerri.

Tonight, Wednesday, as I write, thunder sounds as rain trickles off the roof, and I’m thankful for the moisture even though it comes a little late for some of the earlier garden crops such as lettuce and other greens. Warm weather crops include squash (summer and winter types), corn, beans, black-eyed peas and soy.

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