Feeding the Bird

One afternoon, I was mowing my yard. I had an electric mower and a 50 foot extension chord. It wasn’t my standard way of mowing my yard, but I was going forward then backing up over the same swatch. I found it a convenient way of managing my power chord.

After I had gone about a fourth of the way, I noticed a bird taking advantage of my pattern. Every time I backed up, the robin red breast went where I just mowed and reaped the benefits. As I approached the bird, he filtered a short distance away and waited until I gain retreated.

I don’t know if I was the first one to feed him that way, but he seemed quite at home about it. He hardly seemed afraid of me or the mower, other than to get out of the way as I approached him. He likely didn’t mind having to go on the run for the short time. Somehow he figured out that every time I went back, there would be food just waiting there for his taking.

I wanted to get a video of it. I knew I would have been able to make a fortune from it. Alas, I could think of no way to get my wife to come out and get the pictures. Had I yelled, it might scare him away. If I left, I suspect he would too.

So, until my yard was done, he enjoyed the meal and I enjoyed the show. It kind of made the work a little lighter.

Besides, I do enjoy feeding birds, even if it was a little unconventional, even if I never had the chance to record it.

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