Sipping coffee on a sunny Sunday morning on Cape Cod...I'm mentally choosing to ignore the tug of the school year, and the routines that await all of us in just a few days. I don't drink a lot of coffee, but it is the morning ritual that I enjoy most of all, and I'm getting to enjoy every sip, outside in this weather, that just won't quit! This summer's weather on Cape Cod has been incredible. I know, I know, there's a drought, and we need the rain...of course we need rain. One of my favorite Cape Codders commented on this: "We really need the rain." He said, "Yes. On Cape Cod, we need summer rain on Wednesday night, once a week, while everyone is sleeping. THAT is when we need rain here." I couldn't agree more, and Mother Nature has pretty much stuck to that plan for most of our summer here. It has just been spectacular. Hot Hazy Humid - perfect. Why and how are coffee, rain & birds all coming together here... and WHEN?! Now.
SO - I'm sipping my delicious coffee, enjoying some warm sunny peace on our back deck, which is surrounded by oaks... the trees' leaves are sparkling with sunbeams and for a few minutes, I haven't heard anyone calling me from inside the house. All is quiet...until a small flock of Common Grackles arrives, one after the other. They fly in rather quietly and perch - about 10-12 of them, here and there all around the branches in my yard. The photos I've posted below are less than great - but all I had to snap a few shots was my phone camera. (double click photos to enlarge)
Common Grackles - dark forms here and there
in the branches
I think of it at that moment I guess, because I feel surrounded...surrounded by grackles and watching their behavior and feeling like I'm in a sort of heaven. I also understand that my comfort level with essentially every living creature ( save arachnids ) does not translate into euphoria for most everyone. This moment below, from Ace Ventura - Pet Detective sums up MY happy place essentially... I would sing too if that were me...
I'm at home with them. I'm in my glory. I'm loving being exactly where I am, surrounded by Common Grackles and watching them, and listening to them as the summer breeze sways the branches and rustles the leaves. All I'm doing is having a coffee on my back deck, and I'm transported by the birds. They really are magical in that way... I know not for everyone, but for so SO many. It's such a special gift... the existence of birds. I hope you've been able to enjoy their company recently too.