A pair of house finches discovered my birdfeeder last week. And now, at last, the birdword is out.Â It’s a grand party, with five often on the feeder at a time and one on the branch impatiently waiting its turn.Â Squirrels have been on the ground (they seem to have realized that trying to land on the feeder directly is a kamikaze experience) busily playing mop-up crew, taking turns with the jays and the occasional graceful mourning dove that walks in delicate steps among the spilled seeds.
News flash (an hour after typing the above):Â I just got my mail, and there was a surprise package.
Marian and I had already decided that for her last evening here tonight, we had to take her to go see the peregrines flying around City Hall in San Jose.
It turns out my friend Margo Lynn had listened to my wishing out loud that I had something other than lace scarves to hand out to the group of falcon watchers–maybe something to keep their hands warm in the cool brisk evening air, something the men too could enjoy.Â I was thinking for Eric, who takes and shares so many of his photos, (there are some new ones up) and Craig, who writes up beautiful reports and lately has even showed up at 4:30 am to observe the falcons’ dawn risings.Â For Glenn, the biologist at UCSC who has been caring for these birds for thirty years and has played an integral part in bringing them back from near-extinction.
Margo Lynn knitted four pairs of fingerless gloves for me to go share.Â (Those three will know better than I who most deserves the fourth pair.)Â It was a total surprise. They’re gorgeous. Three pairs are Noro Kureyon or Kureyo Patora, one is a Berocco superfine merino: they’ll all be nice and warm, without getting in the way of one’s fingers nor one’s dexterity while holding a camera. Perfect.
I dearly hope they will be as gobsmacked as I am.Â Wow.Â Thank you, Margo Lynn!
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