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May 15, 2014

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The Zen Birdfeeder

What a great observation, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing and be sure to visit and comment often.

Jennifer

I have a family of cardinals in my backyard and I've noticed what a devoted husband and father the male is. One day I was on my deck and the male saw me and must have perceived me as a threat. He placed himself between me and his wife with a look on his face like "If you want her, you've got to go through me." When his wife eats, he stands guard, always protective of her. I've noticed he lets his baby eat from his beak in the same fashion as above.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thank you Barbara. Don't you just love Charley Harper's work?

Barbara

Beautiful words, glorious pictures... thanks Nancy - I'll carry this one in my heart for a long time

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