I believe that I may have discovered a new species of bird.
Strangely enough, I didn’t notice them until this morning. They must have crept into the house overnight, hopping across carpet and tile and wood to find their hiding places. I have to say that they don’t camouflage very well…I spotted this fellow by the window right away.
He seemed to regret the decision to move indoors and was gazing wistfully through the glass.
Another green bird was waiting for me in the bathroom, having made a cozy nest in the towels.
These two yellow ladies were chattering happily when I walked into the kitchen – I’m sure they tried to get into the jars, but (fortunately) the glass lids were a little too heavy.
The red bird attempted to blend in with a pile of fabric, but I spotted her anyway.
After rounding up the others, I took a quick glance around our rather unkempt backyard. I almost missed him, but a little green fellow was crouching inside a clump of flowers. Fortunately, his cheery yellow beak and wings gave him away.
I have given the new species the temporary name Fabricus vintagalis, at least until the crew from National Geographic arrives and I get my name in Science. (You know, then.)
There were eight originally, but a red-bird and a green-bird flew away before I could snap a photo. The others are waiting until Saturday to do the same.