While tending to my tomatoes in my garden yesterday, I suddenly felt a rather insistent and somewhat painful poking on my lower back (right where my left kidney is). Mind you, no one – neither Kat nor Em – was home, so I pretty much jumped out of my skin and wheeled around, only to find a gray catbird had just flown up onto the fence beside me. The little guy pecked me! He then sat on the fence, not a foot from my face, staring at me! Then he flew into the tamarack next to the garden and kept on staring. This whole time, I was still pretty freaked out at the sudden scare, and I just kept saying, "He pecked me! He pecked me!" like the little girl in the movie version of Jurassic Park saying, "He left us! He left us!"
He really scared the livin' doo-doo out me. I've seen mockingbirds taunting and pecking at cats before, but I must say I've never been pecked by a bird. Why did he peck me? What did it mean? I've been gardening in that same spot for two years now. I was just wearing a white t-shirt and shorts – did the color attract him? Help! I'm a little traumatized.