Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I had the opportunity to visit my bird friends at Kensington Metropark Nature Center in Milford, Michigan. For this special occasion, I decided to bring a full Thanksgiving dinner —sunflower seeds, safflower seeds and lots of peanuts! The birds at Kensington, for better or worse, are well-acclimated to people and know that we are an easy source of food. So, before I could even get the seeds out of my pocket, the birds were following me—landing on branches and bushes along the way trying to get my attention.
Maybe because it was so very cold outside yesterday, or maybe because it was Thanksgiving Day, the birds were more plentiful and more insistent than when I had visited them earlier in the year. As soon as I started to put my hand into my pocket to get out the seeds, they were everywhere–chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, bluejays, cardinals, tufted titmice, red bellied woodpeckers, and downies! When the smaller birds weren’t landing on my hand to grab the seeds, they were landing on my head or my shoulders or the nearby branches waiting their turn. If I put the seeds down somewhere (like a railing or a stump) in order to snap a picture or two, they would flutter around in front of my lens– or even land on it momentarily. It was magical really and I had a very hard time pulling myself away.
So, this Thanksgiving , in addition to the love of family and friends, and the blessings of good health and a roof over my head, I am thankful for all the beautiful creatures that add joy to my life.