Friday, February 20, 2009

What Is It They Say About A Bird in the Hand?

We have a family of cardinals that make our backyard their home. We really enjoy having them here, even more so in winter. Their bright colors are so striking against the drab, bare branches of the trees. They always have a cheerful sound to share.

Recently one of the males found himself in our garage and unable to get out. Bless his little heart, he kept banging against one of the windows, trying desperately to fly free. He knocked himself silly and was panting.

John Dear picked him up and took him outside. He held the little fellow for a while so I could take pictures.

Mr. Cardinal was quite calm, other than his panting from his previous adventures of trying to slam through a window. He let John pet him without so much as a squeak.

Then apparently Mr. Cardinal came back to his senses. His instincts must've kicked in because he suddenly turned around and grabbed a chunk of hubby's thumb in its beak.

John yelped in pain and let go.

Mr. Cardinal did not.

We're all still friends though. The family of cardinals still lives in our backyard. We're trying to be more careful about keeping the back door on the garage closed.


Angie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a real cardinal :)

I think they're really pretty birds though!

Joyce said...

What great pictures! Your poor hubby's finger! That must've hurt!!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

That must have hurt a lot...but this is a great post!!! :)

M ^..^

Donna said...

Oh, what a happy ending to your story. What a lovely Mr. Cardinal, and a lovely hubby for holding him so gently (even whilst being bitten on the thumb!!)... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

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