We have a new pet at the Kinton house.
Well, sort of.
As I was working in the barn one
afternoon, I noticed a bird nest neatly built on a shelf in the tack
room. I leaned in really close for a good look and a bird flew out.
The breeze off the flap of its wings actually blew my hair out of my
face. It nearly scared me to death!
From that day on, as I was working in
the tack room, I would always look to see if the bird was in the nest
but I would not look too close. I learned that if I looked out of the
corner of my eye I could see its beady little eyes blinking back at
After a few weeks of this, I began to
see a bird hopping around on the barn floor. As I went about my
chores, it would just hang out with me. It didn't fly off. It
wasn't afraid. Of course I talk all the time, to everything, so I
talked to it. It hopped and cocked its head and looked at me.
One day I noticed that no one was in
the barn but me. The horses were out in the field and there was no
sign of my little barn bird. When I called the horses in for their
feed, there was the bird riding on my 1,200-pound quarter horse's
rear end. It looked just like one of those birds riding a rhino!
From then on, wherever the horses were,
the bird was also. When I didn't see it riding them, it was on the
ground, never too far from a muzzle. It hopped as they ate. I think
it thought it was a horse.
I guess with fall moving in and summer
moving out, the birds are starting to fly south for the winter. The
nest in the tack room is empty and I haven't seen our barn bird in
a few weeks now. I suppose he might have just wanted to get away from
Wherever he is, I hope he's found a
few horses to keep him company. Oh and maybe somewhere warm there
will be one old crazy barn lady to talk to him.
Melissa Kinton is a stay-at-home mom.
She is currently rearing one son, one daughter, two cats, two horses,
three dogs, one husband and one prodigal bird. She may be reached at