Everyone In The Pool

Walking through the park on my way home, I spot a cardinal seeming to lead the way making me think of Robert Preston in The Music Man.

I watch as he rests on the railing, then a bench before settling on the bough of a tree.  As I glide by, he rises like a feathered gentleman escorting me on my right, as if keeping me out of harm’s way.

Suddenly he stops, diving into a water fountain, his red head now damp, his beak dipped for a nice long drink.  I stand and watch as he unabashedly bathes spreading his wings wetting them thoroughly.  To say I’m charmed doesn’t do my smile justice, as I’m now joined by a young woman and an Asian couple, the man making a video for the folks back home.

I long to sneak in to provide more water knowing, he’ll more than likely fly away, when a little girl toddles over barefoot in a sunsuit and does just that, holding the button causing a spray to appear like a sudden spring shower.

Mr. Cardinal, undaunted, stays put happy as can be, as I say to the Asian man, “Do you think you could send your little film to me?”

He laughs, says something to his wife in what appears to be Japanese, and I realize, he speaks no English.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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20 Responses to Everyone In The Pool

  1. We have a birdbath and the antics are hysterical. The robins create sprays of water all over. I always love to watch birds enjoying nature.


  2. Your photo is marvelous. I watched a mockingbird perform gymnastics in my birdbath and wished I could have taken a video of it.

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  3. Patricia says:

    What a lovely day at the park. I have only seen a few cardinals this year. Actually, when I think about it other than pigeons and hawks birds have been scarce. Going to have to look into this.

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  4. micklively says:

    When I lived in Singapore, I had a swimming pool outside my front door. I didn’t use it that much but, every time I looked out of my window or walked in or out of the condo complex, it was there, inviting me. Having been raised in colder climes, I was never inured to this. There’s something almost foetal about being cossetted in warm water.

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  5. One thing I love about living where I am is all the animals around. I don’t see many cardinals, but just today I had a rabbit running alongside me as I was walking to work. It was trying to get away but kept running in the same direction. Another just sat there watching me and in front of me was a squirrel, standing up on its hind legs like it was at attention. Gotta love animals. 🙂

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    What a magical thing to watch. I love watching birds in my birdbath. When there are a large group of them, a few take turns perched on the edge keeping watch while the others bathe.


  7. My neighbor has a bird bath that provides enjoyment for all of us. I often wonder if they relax in there at night with cocktails.

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  8. Laleh Chini says:

    Me too. Watching birds give your soul happiness and hope.🙂


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