A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Birdsong, or Dogsong?

on November 11, 2014

I was home sick today. I got up around seven to take care of Riley, then went back to bed. By late morning, I felt a little better and it had turned out to be a beautiful day. I took my laptop, my book, and a cuppa out to the sunporch (a sunporch day! in November!). Riley was sound asleep in the living room. Because it was such a beautiful day, the first in at least a week without soul-ripping winds, I hung the bird feeder, and was immediately rewarded when an entire flock of purple finches descended on the bounty. They were joined by the usual cast of characters — woodpeckers, cardinals, chickadees, juncos, goldfinches, sparrows, mourning doves, and the odd blue jay, as well as the half dozen squirrels that like to hang out at my feeder. So I sat in the warmth and enjoyed the show.

I heard the strangest sound. Part trill, part guttural hiss. I looked around at all the birds at the feeder and couldn’t for the life of me track the source of the sound. I grabbed my binoculars and started scanning the woods for crows, which were what immediately sprang to mind when I heard the call.

It came again, louder and longer. I got up and started tracking the sound…right to the living room. Riley was snoring up a storm, and from the other room it sounded completely different. Joke’s on me!

Later, she woke up and came out to the porch with me, where she got all up in my space because I was drinking a smoothie.


Can I have some?


One response to “Birdsong, or Dogsong?

  1. john michel says:

    Hope you are feeling better ! nice day to relax though, especially with such company as Riley

    Liked by 1 person

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