It’s been thrilling to see a life bird since I’ve been looking for them. It has never appealing to me to keep a “life bird” list. I don’t have one. I enjoy watching birds and photographing them on good days. Larry at The Brownstone Birding Blog invited everyone to participate in a January Bird Count. He sees more birds in one week than I see in a whole month! So I made the effort. Here’s a January 2008 list of birds I saw during my round-trip travels from home to work, grocery store, etc. Blue font were seen in my backyard.
White Throated Sparrow
Brown Headed Nutcatch
White Breasted Nuthatch
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Brown Headed Cowbird
Black Vulture (overhead)
Great Blue Heron
Purple Gallinule (just kidding)
My backyard feeding was glorious for a long time. Everyone knows it’s my decompression time after work – a time to smile and relax. I’ve been through Common Grackles, Starlings, and large flocks of Pigeons, but I’ve never housed House Sparrows until recently. I’m complaining. Yes, I know to love all creatures, great and small. Please hear me out.
A few weeks ago I counted four. After whipping out my binoculars I saw six males yesterday. I did not care to zoom in on those unattractive dirty throats. Perhaps they are spreading the news to surrounding strip malls that Mary’s View has it all! “Fly with me and go first class, baby!”
Combine my disgust with these new intruders with the killer Mockingbird and the Starling poop similar to Rubber Cement I tracked onto the beige carpet in my family room yesterday, and it’s safe to say I’m not feeling joyful. I invite someone to help me relax and laugh about it.
On a lighter note, I purchased two pairs of dress pants for work last week. I rarely try clothes on for size under the dreaded lights in dressing rooms, especially if I’m feeling a bit pudgy after lunch in the food court. They hung in my closet for almost a week with the sales tags attached before I became brave and tried them on today…a size smaller than I usually wear...and they fit perfectly! Isn’t that something to Yeee Haaa about, ladies and gents?