Casa Loca’s windows are made of solid wood, and I enjoy opening those weathered panels at first light to embrace the awakening day. I usually open the kitchen window first to confirm that the daylight serenade was indeed given by the lovely kingbird. The wrens and seedeaters dart and forage in the dense foliage along the fence, while Amazilia hummingbirds search for the life-sustaining nectar of the opening flowers. Kingfishers awaken the riverside with nonstop chattering about the first catch of the morning.
Most mornings provide a feast of calming views as I open the windows and gaze outside. Every so often the view jolts me into a higher state of attention.
The presence of thousands of birds announces, “Urgent! Urgent! Something’s wrong with this picture!” On this sixth dawn of the new year, I scanned to see if my friend’s truck was home (yes) so I knew he had spotted the same view and had sounded the alarm. I grabbed my camera and bolted out the door. Continue reading