Friday, June 21, 2013
I am a closet bird watcher... there, I admitted it!
Not having grown up in a family of birdwatchers, I'm not that good at it, but I CAN tell the difference between a wren and a sparrow, and a crow and a grackle, and a mockingbird and a dove.... maybe even with my eyes shut!
I like watching the bird feeders in the backyard and the various birdhouses around the yard, and their little families that settle in for a time and then hatch and raise their babies and then launch them out into the world. I get so proud when they take their first flights and I worry and worry until they've figured out how to maintain altitude out of the clutches of the various neighborhood cats...
And when I see one bird that I have no idea what it is, I look it up, and so today, when I spotted a long legged white headed black crested funny African secretary bird looking thing, I knew right away that it was a Caracara, sometimes called a Mexican eagle, though it looks nothing like the eagle on some Mexican flags.
When I first spotted one not far from here in south central Texas I was mystified and instantly went to look it up ( I often have a bird reference book in the car, too, for easy look ups, though now our smart phones do a quick job, too), and found it. They're not THAT rare, but just unusual enough That I enjoy spotting them as a special occasion...
So now I know that there's a pair not too far from my house, and the chance of seeing them again is very high... I'm looking forward to it!