Living here, or in my case just wintering here, is like living in an aviary. My cottage is on a cliff overlooking the sea, but I’m surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs. The birds are always around me. An Emerald Hummingbird visits the flowers on the Ixora bushes, 2 Bare-Eyed Pigeons engaged in courting behavior on a railing, Bananaquits and Rufous-collared Sparrows actually come inside the house to visit.
At home in Lincoln, Massachusetts, I am a birder, meaning somebody who goes somewhere with binoculars specifically to see interesting birds. But here the birds come to me.
I am going to post photos of Bananaquits (yellow bellies they call them here) and a Bare-Eyed Pigeon, a much bigger bird than our street pigeons. If I can figure out how to do that!