Maybe I Should Become A Bird Watcher

Identifying birds is another topic I know very little about. I can safely identify the robins who come each year to build a nest in my garage eaves. And if I see a black bird with a red patch on its wing I’m pretty sure that’s a red-winged black bird. But beyond that? You’ve got to be kidding.

Thursday as I was driving to the school to do my tutoring, four large birds — all alike — walked across the street in front of me. They were maybe two to three feet tall. As they took their sweet time crossing — ignoring horn beeps — they walked on stilt like legs about 12 inches high. They have long curving necks. At first I thought they might be some variety of geese but they didn’t look as “chunky” as geese do. Their color was a sort of light tan. Even though they were walking right in front of me, ignoring my car horn, I didn’t notice other identifying marks. I was taken aback to see them there, on the access road to a shopping area. I wondered if they had a nest nearby.

Seems to me a stop at the Conservation Department’s office that is not too far from Borders when I go to knit group next week to perhaps get some identifying materials might be in order.

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One Response to Maybe I Should Become A Bird Watcher

  1. Anne says:

    I’m curious about the birds. Did you find out what they were? Upland plover crossed my mind, but they aren’t perhaps too common. If you don’t have a copy of Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds, you might consider getting one. Peterson applied the concept of airplane recognition used in WWII, I think, to birds, creating images that stress silhouette and patterning in plumage.

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