In the garden: So now I have to become a birdwatcher...
Na ga happen, my eyes are too bad. But I just heard a lovely melody and saw a bird, and I imagine its partner, at one of my honeysuckle bushes ("Birds love a mess," as Nippersdad says).
Then they flew off, as birds will do! I can't reproduce the melody, but I did notice that both birds had prominent round yellow bellies (and not buff, or beige, but yellow).
This year I've seen not only more hummingbirds, but a pair of cardinals, and now this pair of whatever-they-ares. (Not chickadees; the call of the chickadee can hardly be characterized as melodious, no?)
And in the trees behind the house, there's a chorus of several something-or-others that reminds me of nothing so much as Bangkok. Mysterious, extended hooting from the trees. And not crows!
NOTE Actually, I don't want to become a birdwatcher; I have enough to be doing, and I don't want to get in the mode of collecting sightings. However, I would like to create a polyculture that attracts multiple birds over time, often enough for me to begin to recognized their species, and perhaps even optimize for them.