Lately, I have been posting a photo(s) of the day on Facebook with the goal of keeping it up until COVID-19 is over.
Today’s photos of the day were going to be a post about a male Northern Cardinal who has waged war with us, but as I constructed that post, it became clear that it was less of a Facebook item and more of a blog item for WordPress.
The monster (aka Cardinal) sits in the Firebush that lines our patio and sings his “whoit cheer, whoit cheer, cheer-cheer-cheer” over and over and over again. If not there, he sits on the front bumper of our Jeep and chirps. He flits from there to the privacy fence to look in at us through the driver’s window of the coach. He also enjoys singing/tormenting us from the nearby palm tree. His stage is everywhere!
Yesterday he discovered the coach mirror from where he had a bird’s eye view of us through the windshield, and this morning he began his sound attack before seven a.m. from the trees behind us before finding his way back to the Firebush where we get an even better concert of his repertoire.
Our counterattack has included playing various Cardinal songs from a bird app on my phone in hopes that he would simply go away. Last night he seemed to get riled up and excited before flying off when he heard the sounds and calls of a courting pair, so we thought we had won the war, but it turned out that we had only won one of the battles in the war!
He’s back this morning and going at that mirror before rediscovering the mirror, where he was either going to break it or his beak. So, we wrapped a white towel around the bottom of the mirror, hoping that would deter the little guy. The bird’s response: he immediately perched atop the mirror and pooped on the mirror cover. Oh, this war is far from over!
The photos were taken with my phone instead of my camera, because I thought the war would be short lived, and obviously I would be the victor. Turns out that I would have had plenty of time to break out the camera since this war has gone on far too long and there is no end in sight.