Monday, July 06, 2009

I had a sad realization this weekend - I may never be in Gladstone for the Fourth of July again. No where does the Fourth like Gladstone. That being said, Jeremy and I had a pretty laid back Fourth this weekend. We got up, watched Serena and Venus in the Wimbledon finals, ate pancakes, and lounged around. In the afternoon we played disc golf in a park nearby. Usually there are a good number of others out playing, but since it was the Fourth, we ran into hardly anyone else so it was nice. We came back, grilled some salmon for dinner, and headed to the World's Fair Park downtown to watch the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the fireworks. The fireworks show was pretty disappointing - it only lasted 15 minutes. Knoxville has a huge fireworks show over Labor Day weekend so that might be why they don't go all out for the Fourth.

We also found out this weekend that we have a bunch of cardinals, of varying age, living somewhere around our house. When we came home from disc golf on Saturday, we saw one adult cardinal and an adolescent looking cardinal chasing each other around our roof and the nearby trees.



When we went to go inside, we saw a little bird sitting on our steps. It didn't move as we walked past to get inside so I thought it might be hurt. I came inside, and then went back out with my camera to take a picture but by the time I got back outside it was gone. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon - I was sitting on the couch when all of a sudden I heard something at the window. I looked over and it was the same little bird from the day before! I got all the way to the window and it didn't fly off. Here's a picture:


We think it's a baby cardinal, and obviously it has a lot to learn since it is in no way afraid of us.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

I like cardinals. I remember seeing them in NC. Someone recently told me that here they are called "red birds" just like blue jays are called blue birds. Hmmmm. I've never heard of red birds. He said that only in the south do people call them cardinals. Then he went on to explain to me that cardinal is a color and it's not the same as the bird. Can't remember who this was now. We have lots of cardinals here too.

Anonymous said...

Reply to Melissa's comment: So the official state bird in seven states should actually be red bird instead of cardinal. hhhmmmm.....
:)

erin said...

they call them cardinals in Wisconsin and Michigan too!

Golda said...

I've only heard them referred to as cardinals, but the wikipedia page calls them "Cardinals, or Red Birds" in the beginning of the article so maybe your friends wasn't something crack like I originally thought.