Finally I got the cardinals on film. I had no sooner sat down to meditate this morning when the bright red male started strutting his stuffon the window sill. He hung around so long that I decided to pick up my camera -- the focus already set -- and shoot. A few minutes later, the female, a greenish yellow belly with pale red head and orange beak, appeared and I photographed her as well.
The last post and the one before that discuss the weird appearance of these birds. A friend contends that cardinals appear when there is something to celebrate (or grieve over.) So here we are now with photos, proof that they actually have been visiting.
Perhaps you can understand how distracting these birds can be. As much as I love seeing the cardinals, it's getting more and more difficult to meditate.
"They won't have a tray like that," I said to him. But I told him I would look anyway.
A young woman showed me several ceramic trays that were both too small and too much money. I turned those all down.
"We have one more tray in the back room," she said, and she produced a plastic tray that was the perfect size.
Guess what was pictured on the tray?
Yes, you got it. A pair of cardinals against a winter scene.
This has been a wild bird week. And I am still trying to piece together what exactly is going on here. Clearly there is no simple answer.