If you remember the song, “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…”, you are not so young any more. The song featured in the 1964 film, Mary Poppins, a role played by Julie Andrews. It is known to have been Walt Disney’s favorite song.
I’m not overly fond of birds, but I admire them from afar, as I have ornithophobia, the fear of birds. It probably has its roots in my childhood when we lived in the country and often had bats in the house. I remember my dad chasing them with a tennis racket – but I digress.
A few weeks ago, a couple of black throated sparrows decided to start overnighting on a beam under our back porch. Maybe they thought it would be convenient to have their bed close to their breakfast, regularly provided by B on our front lawn.
I never knew pigeons had so many bullies! It is a constant, “Leave that seed, it is mine!” “Is not, I saw it first!” [Chase ensues.]
And then sprinkled in between the pigeons, are the wagtails and sparrows, trying to get in a peck or two.
What goes in, must come out. Who would have thought such small birds can excrete so much poop during one night! I felt sorry for our domestic worker, who cleaned the tiles every day, so I bought a plastic pan which I lined with newspaper. For a few nights, the pan and their aim, worked well. But then they decided to use a different beam to overnight. The result? Poop on the tiles. Again. I moved the pan. They moved to another beam. We played this game of hit and miss for a while, until they settled on the first beam.
Then one night only one came to sleep over. We were worried about the other one, as there are roaming cats in the complex where we live, but the next night they both were back, to our joy. We speculated what could have happened – do sparrows quarrel?
Since a few nights ago, they did not come to sleep over. We are concerned about their well-being, but maybe they have found a B&B that also serves supper.
May they be safe.
Note: Feed the birds by a very young Julie Andrews.