All of a sudden, the courtyard of my condo complex has become a virtual aviary. Somehow, these dead crab apples have gone unnoticed and unwanted all winter long and then word suddenly spread among the bird community, it's a free-for-all! Hundreds of birds flocked in today, it was so entertaining. The frumpy but good-natured robins verses the dowdy starlings who all they have going for them is their gang mentality and movement en masse. My favorites were the Cedar Waxwings (seen in my photo above) which seem very graceful and polite and somewhat mysterious.
Unfortunately, because I was having so much fun watching them I opened my window shades all the way. . . and even more unfortunately, because hubby is so fastidiously tidy we had the windows cleaned in December thus making our large front windows practically undetectable to at least three of those hundreds of birds. . . Fortunately, however, none of them died from the impact, but some did leave feathers on the glass and one had the crap scared out of him, literally. Hubby, looks like we'll have to clean the windows again soon. . .