Choose Your Side

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There are red states. There are blue states. Why can’t we just be United States? I’m beginning to think this divisiveness is taking over.

While looking out the kitchen windows into our backyard, my husband began laughing, “Come here, you have to see this!” he exclaimed. The cardinals were gathered on the left side of the yard. The blue jays were on the right side of the yard. Keeping their backs to each other they flitted from one limb, to the ground, and back to the trees, occasionally pecking at some tasty morsel. They did not cross bird-lines, however, a redheaded woodpecker arrived. First he hopped up and down the tree on the right, tapping here and there. Not finding enough on the right, he flew to the tree on the left, repeating his dance from the previous tree. He paid the cardinals and blue jays no mind. He took care of his business, then left.

I wonder if the cardinals and blue jays took notice that it is possible to live harmoniously even when not every one is just alike. Did they discover they can cross the bird-lines in the yard?

16 thoughts on “Choose Your Side

  1. mandyrobek says:

    I enjoy watching the birds too and might have to keep my eyes out for something like this in my own yard. The bottom line in life is hopefully we do cross lines and do things that matter for human/animal kind.

  2. Ha! What a “hoot” that the birds in your backyard are mimicking the human world. 🙂 I want to be the cat that chases all the birds away and forces them to appreciate what they had and could have kept if they had only chosen to live in harmony.

  3. I love birds and always notice something new when I take the time to observe them at the feeders. I’ve never seen this color division though! It’s good to know that some birds can move easily in both camps. Food for thought indeed!

  4. alwriting says:

    The harmony of birds has provided the perfect analogy for dealing with the political divide Elsie. Well constructed, thought provoking piece.

  5. This is so good! Your description is really good. Gotta love the woodpecker!! Wondering, was there a backdrop of snow to get the full effect of red, white, and blue? I wrote about birds today also, Beak-to-Beak.

  6. margaretsmn says:

    I love watching birds. This is an interesting phenomenon to notice. We need to be more like the woodpecker, but it’s hard when those cardinals are squawking so loudly.

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