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For the Birds

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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
4EVERNESS 6/25/2013 12:54PM

    It can be fun...(I enjoy a bit of it...what's that neat bird with the black and orange on its wing....oh great smarty..a red winged black bird..oh-my luck). So your eagles wearan Andy Capp
any of these are a fun find...
oddly so are finches and parakeets or canaries someone has freed from their cage...

wild bird seed mix..and certain flowers attract several varieties as well as butterflies...once in illinois an actual hummingbird and black/blue swallowtail

But may no one flip you the bird, and do not be haunted by ancient Alfred Hitchcock movies LOL

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F8CONE8 6/23/2013 3:44PM

    I love bird watching. It started when I was first introduced to nature photography. I also keep a bird book in my car. I have now several because the pictures are different in them. My friend tells me there is a Caracara in Northern California not far from here. I would love to see one!

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LINTPICKER 6/23/2013 5:59AM

    I like knowing what birds I am looking at as well! You got a nice treat seeing this one! emoticon

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ELAINEANNE1 6/23/2013 3:18AM

    I love to watch the birds but unfortunately they do not come to our part of the village much, I keep trying and I have nuts and seeds on a hanger in my front garden.
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RSSSLHB 6/22/2013 8:52AM

    Have fun emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 6/22/2013 12:40AM

    that's a fine hobby

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JACKSGRAN 6/22/2013 12:19AM

    What fun. I watch the birds too, but nothing as interesting as that in our garden. emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 6/22/2013 12:10AM

    Good birding, good picture and good recognition. I always have to get the book. emoticon

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