Friday, December 02, 2005

Courtyard visitors

From the WildBird office, I can look into a courtyard that contains a giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicholai).

Not too many birds visit the courtyard. In years past, hummingbirds built nests and raised young in smaller ferns within it. We could watch them through the reflective windows without disturbing them.

Today, two Black Phoebes continually dip into the wall-enclosed space, land on the palmlike leaves of the giant bird of paradise and cock their crested heads while looking around the courtyard. Their presence is a delightful distraction, and I'm having fun pointing them out to my nonbirding coworkers.

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