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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

August 16, 2019
Fairfield, Iowa

Slowly I've been winnng the trust of a pair of bluebirds. They come to me every day for mealworms, which they feed to their nest of babies.

It's not so much taming, which sounds like something done to the bird, as it is making friends, which is done with him. The bluebird is naturally cautious, but he's seen my toes many times already, and they've never done him any harm. He's beginning to think maybe they're OK.

And, ah, the touch of those tiny talons is the stuff of heaven. Gentle as a mother's kiss, but at the same time firm, and with a delicious sharpness that wakes up whatever was asleep in your soul.

Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird visits toes of Diane Porter

Chickadee on hand

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Mealworms are
Bluebirds' Favorite