Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…Or Not ?

Bird Life

“What’s for dinner, Lynne?”

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“You know I don’t like spaghetti.”

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“Maybe your neighbors will have something better.”

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Meet “Harry.” He shows up at least once a week and struts around the veranda.

If I have the glass doors open, he walks right in. Once he tiptoed into the kitchen and stood there watching me. I didn’t have a camera in hand to record the moment, but it was quite startling and humorous at the same time. He seemed totally unfazed by being in the house. Another time he ventured in, he didn’t know that young grandchildren were present or he would never have attempted such an intrusion. He was glad to leave. Just too much human chaos for a bird.

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This snowy egret landed on the boat as we were coming in and seeing that the live well lid was up, he helped himself to bait shrimp.

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The only time we feed the pelicans and wading birds (egrets, herons, and wood storks) is when we get back from fishing. These opportunists just wait to feast on the scraps from Ron cleaning the day’s catch, and not always patiently.

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Alright guys. Time to play fair in the sandbox.

About travelerlynne

Traveler. Writer. Retired Educator.Traveling on and off the beaten path with my photographer husband. Volunteering locally as well as in Haiti and Tanzania, an enriching and humbling experience. A sun lover! Shelling, boating, fishing and watching sunsets. Growing mango, banana, key lime,and pineapple.Making smoothies and chutneys. Enjoying family and friends! Savoring each new day!
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38 Responses to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…Or Not ?

  1. Wow! He came right into your house? That’s one brave bird. Maybe he can help babysit? 🙂

  2. Hehe.It’s only the egrets who fly onto the veranda. We live in a stilt house and they like to see their reflection on the glass door. I don’t mind that but they shake their head and spew spit all over the glass (more Windex). 🙂 Never a dull moment.

  3. Stunning! Who would’ve thought! Gosh this is amazing to have such a bird popping through your door… Beautiful picture 🙂

  4. It’s good to hear from you. These egrets aren’t bashful…at least this one isn’t. We really enjoy the wildlife, even if they do “get off course.”

  5. restlessjo says:

    Those first couple of veranda shots are amazing, Lynne. What a privilege to meet Harry up close! Smiled at the thought of his confrontation with the grandkids 🙂

  6. ilargia64 says:

    Great!!!!! Must be hard to concéntrate in cooking having such wonderful guests!!!!!

  7. What beautiful birds! Love those moments when you come face to face with a wild creature. Doesn’t compare with the zoo 🙂

    • Sometimes I feel like I live in a zoo. We do enjoy the wildlife and Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets are so beautiful to watch. They like to feed on all the lizards around here.

  8. babsje says:

    Love your post, and your houseguest! Plus, I like your use of the word “verandah” – it conjures up a gracious hospitality there, and that seems to be what your egret gets, too

    • With your love of photographing the wading birds, I’d expect this would be right up your ally. I wrote a post over a year ago called Welcome to my Porch. Few took notice. I changed it to Welcome to my Veranda and that increased interest. My neighbors all laugh at this because we all call our outdoor covered decks porches, but everyone calls mine the veranda. 🙂

      • babsje says:

        Giggling here, I LOVE the notion of verandas, here they’re called porches or decks. It just lacks that ambience. Your gregarious egret is quite the gorgeous specimen! I’m glad you posted this.

  9. Dianne says:

    Love the post. Sunshine thought he would attack a Snowy Egret that landed on our deck. However, the bird attacked back and Sunshine could not get back in the house fast enough.

  10. Fun post Lynne, makes me miss FL. I’ve come across a few rather unflappable egrets, but can’t imagine one coming into the house.

  11. Amazing, delightful pictures, Lynne! And Harry may not be the perfect guest–or appreciate the chaos of kids–but he’s wonderful.

  12. Yes, he is wonderful. I agree. Not everyone can boast of having a “Harry”. Thanks for the comment.

  13. Madhu says:

    Unbelievable! I would be honored to entertain such a dignified house guest 🙂
    I think the word ‘verandah’ like bungalow has Anglo Indian origins. Our decks/porches are all called verandahs. Miss mine from our sprawling plantation bungalows. All I have now is a tiny balcony.

    • The Anglo Indian origin makes sense and I would imagine you miss trading a verandah for a balcony. You have some pretty wondrous views from your windows of mango trees and exotic birds, but like you…I’m glad mango season is over.

  14. Reading about Harry’s visit brought a smile to my face, Lynne. You are lucky to be surrounded by so much natural beauty.

    • Thanks, Tricia. Harry is something to smile about. Today, the bald eagles have announced their presence in the tall Australian Pines that dot the canal. Our water and mangroves do attract the birds and manatees.

  15. Letizia says:

    How wonderful to have “Harry” visit you! (great name by the way). You must have been so surprised at first! And how funny that you are now somewhat used to his visits too.

  16. Glad you like the name. All the neighbors call him something different. Poor confused bird. 🙂

  17. Swati Singh says:

    Lol ! Reminded me of the internet meme “excuse me sir, do you have time to talk about our savior?”

  18. Lynne, What a wonderful visit from Harry. He’s definitely not shy! We also live on an island where the wildlife likes to get friendly. Our best visitor to walk through the veranda door was a baby armadillo! He was so sweet and confused that we finally had to pick him up and deliver him back to Mom. 🙂 All the best, Terri

  19. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous photos, Lynne. I wonder if our big birds would wander in if the doors were open? They don’t seem to be scared by my presence when I’m outside. 🙂

  20. vbholmes says:

    Delightful photos of your adventurous visitor–much fun. Our critters seem to like the attic and walls in winter (when we don’t find them terribly amusing).

  21. Oh dear! I can relate to that irritating dilemma.We seem to attract critters wherever we live. We had flying squirrels in the attic of our log house and regular squirrels who loved to chew on the outside of the house. At least, Harry isn’t destructive. 🙂

  22. Tahira says:

    Haha! Harry is awesome!

  23. Awesome he is. Glad you got to meet Harry.

  24. Gigi Galore says:

    Hilarious! Recently I was sitting outside at a local cafe and was joined by a white cockatoo, a wild bird but one who regularly visits the cafe at closing time, waiting for something … Hoping … He was very close to me and so I said: hello! About ten seconds later,, so did he: hello! I couldn’t believe it! This wild cockatoo, one of thousands of flocks up here, can talk!

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