as i stood approximately 5 or 6 feet away from a bird bath and bird feeder minding my own gardening business, to my delight i was privy to a birds eye view :-) of several species enjoying their morning frolicking.
i didn't have my camera with me yesterday but today i attempted to repeat yesterday's experience. not a huge surprise- it wasn't at all the same today- maybe because the time of day wasn't the same- i'm not sure but none-the-less i was able to get a snap of this carolina chickadee which according to my birds of florida book is rare or absent south of tampa bay. these 4.5" little cuties tend to join the company of mixed-species foraging flocks that also contain tufted titmice of which i spotted several at the same time and another small bird that i still haven't been able to absolutely identify (i want to say it was a blue headed vireo) but was thrilled to watch. the chickadees and the titmice don't sit still very long as they are quick to fly from limb to feeder and back again. a pair of rufous hummingbirds i've been watching over the past couple of weeks made an appearance at the same time. then of course there were the usual suspects - doves, a plethora of cardinals and blue jays. the thought has occurred to me several times lately that i even enjoy hearing the caw-caw of the crows in the early morning- something about that sound that gives me the feeling of wide open spaces.
i'll be glad when these dry spells and the heat are memories but it has been cause for ample time to reflect and do some observing while i drag hoses around and get my handwatering done.