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Dawn Chorus, A Serenaded Stroll



28 Sept 2016

Yesterday was Day 2 of my new habit (hopeful thinking) of early morning walks. This little spit of sand I live on comes with a wondrous open air concert hall, where I am serenaded by feathered friends as I explore the streets. The crows provide the comic, chatty interludes.

We have a quickly growing population of feral bunnies and I notice several folks put veggies out for them. While photographing a pair of Northern Flickers tending to their power pole nest, a funny little cat stalked me from the shrubs below. For about a block, I couldn’t take one step without almost being tripped by this scoundrel. I finally told it to go home and was so surprised when it immediately headed up the closest driveway.

Along the way I spotted 2 lighthouse sculptures, a driftwood fence and two creative driftwood raised bed gardens. Oh, and a beautiful “lady” in the flowers.

As I admired a colorful and cozy front yard garden nestled under a pair of cedar trees, I almost missed seeing the orange cat perched on a bird bath. Perhaps it was overly confident that a bird might miss seeing it too and  stop in for morning ablutions.


A kindly crow pointed the way, seconds before I spotted a stealthy raccoon, who froze when he saw me, then raced into the woods. My last visual treat was a deer and his shadow nibbling some grass in the glow of the rising sun.

Off for Day 3 and another sunrise serenade!


Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

16 thoughts on “Dawn Chorus, A Serenaded Stroll

  1. I like that you view your nature preserve as a “wondrous open air concert hall.” We have one too with a lake and ducks. My daughter is teaching me how to identify the bird calls I never learned in ornithology class – imagine!

    • Thank you, Marian. It is amazing what is out our own front doors. I love learning their songs. My grandson and I learned a black bird call and I was amazed how long he retained it.

  2. I am so loving your writing again! Your pictures are feeding my west coast soul too. Unfortunately, I’m using them as an excuse to distract me from bookwork which I have a deadline looming. Love you! Come see me and do a fall road trip over the Cascades.

    • Hugs to you and the little Mister. I keep planning to get over there, but was looking at a different route maybe. So glad you enjoyed this post and happy to have you here again.

      • What’s the route? You have me intrigued. Yes, I am not doing bookwork but my house and inbox are sure getting clean!

  3. I was thinking a route along the Columbia over to Walla Walla area then up to you by way of some back roads. Book work stinks sometimes.

  4. I love how you are able to use photos to illustrate your writing. I would be too busy walking to capture these images. If I did happen to capture anything I noticed it wouldn’t be in focus, or the subject would be too small.

    • Thank you. I’m actually too busy taking in the wonders and capturing them in photos to do much walking. More than exercise, I’m forcing myself out of the cave. In my 1-3 hour walks, I don’t cover more than 2 or 3 miles. It seems every few steps I find something to stop and enjoy.

  5. Okay, the hopeful cat on the birdbath wins the prize for optimism! Here birdie, birdie, birdie! 🙂 –Curt

  6. I love early morning walks and I’m not even a morning person! But the few times I’ve dragged myself out of bed to go for a walk in my neighborhood, I’ve always been grateful I did. There’s a quietness, a stillness that I really like. I don’t get to see much in the way of wildlife around here but I enjoy seeing what my neighbors are up to with their yards. I love that driftwood raised garden. If only I was any good at growing things … 😉

  7. I have never been a morning person and I’m crossing my fingers that my family doesn’t chime in here and tell tales out of school. So not a morning person…but the last few years my sleep cycle has flip-flopped on me. Yes, it is nice to be out , even with no sightings. Thanks for stopping in again.

  8. I enjoyed this very much, particularly since I, too, began a morning walk routine two days ago. I’m not sure my venue is as interesting as yours, but the morning air is something.

  9. {{{Patti! }}}It’s so good to see you writing here again…I luff your photographs. How is your garden coming along?

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