Of the many things that keep me busy, this is one of them:
Even though I heard the ruckus, and they were within 6 feet of me (and my knitting), it took me several minutes to locate this beautiful bird.
Question... how many feathers does a bird have? Do they all have roughly the same amount? Bigger birds=bigger feathers? They must have plenty of extras!
From the above perch, it took off as I approached and ran straight into a window, dropping behind the sofa. I grabbed the cat and put her outside. I opened said window, moved the sofa and darn if it didn't get UNDER it. That's a new one to me. Most of the birds in the house fly up; shelves, windows... and unlike the many hummingbirds that I rescued over the summer, this one flies silently. Only when the cat made her way inside (somehow) did I notice that she was now interested in this: