After observing this for a few days, I thought I'd better get a birdbath with fresh water; it would be better than the chlorine water of the pool. So the birdbath was set up and the birdie would perch on the rim of the glass bowl but continue it's swooping low over and across the pool. It was landing on the deck around the pool, the ground under the trees, the bird bath, or the metal structure close to the pool. I never really saw it eat except for a couple of times when it pecked a bit in the lawn.
One day last week, I was busily cutting glass for some new jewelry pieces and was taking advantage of a slightly cooler afternoon than the usual 100+ degrees we have here at this time of the year. Well, the birdie showed up, like clockwork. This time, however, it criss-crossed the pool and landed a lot closer to my table than in the past. Not only that, but the bird was turning it's head, looking at me, even landing right in front of my table, looking straight up at me. It also swooped right over my table and I felt, now this is different! Is the birdie somehow trying to get my attention, trying to distract me from my work?
Meanwhile, I had grabbed my camera, and was taking some pictures of this whole experience. The birdie entertained me like this for over 2 hours! Obviously, I didn't get much work done. Finally I left my table to water a few plants; it was getting dark, after all. I turned around and the birdie was gone.
The next day the yard seemed eerily quiet--no birdie. It had been close to three weeks that we enjoyed the company of this feathered companion. I was overcome with sadness; there was a distinct feeling inside of me that it was not returning; the last wonderful day we spent together felt like the birdie was saying a long good-bye....I am grateful to have had the sweet encounter.