I almost hate to run yesterday's shot of a scarlet pygmy buzzard…aka, cardinal. Almost. But then, being the fellow who buys all those bags of sunflower seeds, why can't I poke a bit of fun at one of my favorite freeloading birds?
We all tend to take ourselves too seriously sometimes—both redbirds and redbird watchers. I say life is better faced with a no-holds-barred sense of humor.
Besides, I've had my own share of less than flattering photos taken. Snaps I'd like to obliterate forever from the public record. Moreover, in a few days hence, this cocky old redbird will again be fully feathered out, struttin' his stuff and no longer mortified by his bald pate—and I'll have to go back to ridiculing the squirrels.