I think I added a dozen life birds while sitting in the chairs under the canopy there in her backyard along with dozens of other birders from all over the world. She has a wide variety of feeders with different kinds of seed, hummingbird feeders, and platform feeders with chuncks of fruit to lure the greatest variety of birds into her place. That particular afternoon a cute little group of eldery ladies were there watching the birds. By the looks of their inexpensive binoculars and their Golden Book Field Guides we could see that they were sweet old ladies that simply enjoyed the birds and not gung-ho listers*.
I was sitting next to one of the ladies who said, "I've been watching this red bird forever down on that platform feeder. It hasn't moved a bit. Can you see what it is?"
I put my binoculars on it and replied, "That's a pomegranate."
"Oh. Okay." And she begin to browse through her Golden Book of birds.
After a few frustrating minutes she leaned over and asked, "I've looked all over in the book and I just can't find it."
We all had a good laugh with her after she realized that the pomegranate was just a piece of fruit.
(below is a photo showing the actual platform feeder at the Paton residence, but this time with oranges.
Can you figure out what species of bird that is?)
* "Lister" is birding jargon for a birder whose primary focus is seeing as many birds as they can either in a day, at a location, or chasing around the globe to add to their life list of bird species seen.