Late April, early May found me moving carefully.
|One of the warning signs at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin|
I didn't want to disturb the birds. They had nests to build and eggs to hatch.
When I walked through the gardens with my camera I did my best to stay on the brick paths that kept a slight distance from the bushes and trees.
Yes, a couple of times, anxious red wing blackbird papas, or fathers-to-be, let out great attack cries and swooped down to make flying attacks at the back of my head.
It was very annoying, but I understood the reason. They were being good parents and protecting their babies.
|Side Yard © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk|
It's now past the first week of August,
although those baby birds of early May
should be ready for a life on their own or graduate school,
those very vigilant papa blackbirds have continued to terrorize me.
|Lilies and Bee © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk|
Each time I've paid a visit to Olbrich I've been attacked. At 4'9" I'm so low to the ground, do they think I'm a raccoon?
|Scarlet Lilies © Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk|