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.