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A View From the Table…

One of the subtle joys of our life is looking out the window of our breakfast nook and enjoying the wildlife that lives in our little share of desert suburbia.

We have many species of birds who make their way through the desert during their migrations. But there are a few favorites that stay with us all year long. First of all is the Cactus Wren, state bird of Arizona and the best of all birds as far as we’re concerned. Ours is a loner who covers the entire yard in a very short time, then concentrates on the nice area under the grapefruit tree. He regularly sneaks into our screened in porch and when we leave our back door open a bit for the dogs, he comes right into the house and procedes to explore every nook and cranny. When he finishes you don’t have to show him the way out. He remembers and heads back out in his own good time.

We have Hummingbirds, Gambel’s Quail, Doves of several kinds, Finches, Hawks, Owls, Cardinals – of course there are rabbits and lizards as well.

Even occasional coyotes. Maybe once in two or three years – a Roadrunner!

We don’t feed or water them but planted good stuff when we moved in twenty years ago.

The most interesting thing to me is how they all get along – (predators excepted). It isn’t unusual to see a rabbit and two or three varieties of birds under a dwarf citrus tree together, completely ignoring one another. None seems determined to be alpha bird or alpha rabbit. They just live and let live. “A haven of blessing. A place of peace,” to quote from the marriage vows.

There is some uninhibited and unremarkable sexual activity. Then, little flocks of babies do come and go. A corpse shows up now and then. All of life, right there.

There’s a little peaceful world right outside our window. Great way to start and end the days. Just watch and smile.

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One response to “A View From the Table…

  1. suburbanlife June 29, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for inviting us into your breakfast nook this morning – it made me smile on this grey rainy morning! G

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