Sunday April 5, 2009. The trees are full of mulberries and loquats and the critters in AndreaLand are having a feast. About a dozen little wrens descended upon the mulberry late yesterday afternoon and it was already full of cardinals and bluejays and squirrels. The tree came alive! A couple of days before I was sitting on my back porch, just rocking and relaxing. I can always tell where the cardinals are because the male chirps so loudly. I could hear him and followed his voice to the silver necklace pod bush, where I saw him doing a song and dance for my cat Izzy down on the ground, yards away. I thought, now that’s not smart… then I saw the mama cardinal flying to and fro in another part of the yard with straw in her mouth, and I realized it was her mate doing the dance to distract Izzy.
She was, in fact, building her nest just 40″ off the ground in my eleganus hedge at the back porch door. My first thought was “Why not just build it right in the cat’s dish? Izzy can reach that high standing up and he and YinYang are in and out that door all day.” Then I realized, she’s fearless! She builds her nest where she wants to build it and knows she doesn’t vibe in a place where the cats can see her. They’ve built their nests too low before. I wait until the mom and dad are at the bird bath outside the office window, then I sneak around and check out the eggs. No eggs yet for these two.
I’ll keep you posted.