An Amateur Birdwatcher's tally
Babies and daisies in June
Daisies and babies
The daisies are back! It’s a day of rejoicing when I go to Flaming Geysers and the meadows are alive with daisies. Black eyes and yellow eyes are awash in white faces mixed with buttercups. Stunning. The birds seem to like it, too. Trails wander through meadows of flowers, which hide the occupants in some places.
This is the time of year of babies. Calf babies, Canada geese babies, babies all over the place. It’s a fun, exhilarating period of joy and interest.
For baby pictures I will get out of the car, which is pulled over to the side of the road, and cross the street. That is what I did for Canada Geese baby pictures. Not a big adventure, fraught with danger, but I could get hit by a car so I guess I can classify this activity as an interesting activity. It's more than the drive by driving we usually do.
As I stood snapping pictures a truck stopped. The driver was curious about what we were so excited about. He looked and said “They’re very tender, aren’t they? I used to be a hunter. But now I’m vegetarian. That batch might make me want to go get a gun and hunt again.” I hid my chagrin and horror. “We’re bird watchers, not hunters.” Was my only response.
I am not a vegetarian – I was raised a meat and taters girl. But all my meat comes from the grocery store, where I expect the creature that provided it to have been raised kindly and killed quickly. I don’t like hunting. Yet I know some hunters. So I swallowed hard and tried to think polite thoughts about the man who drove off. Those thoughts included strong hope that he didn’t plan to come back with a gun and was truly a vegetarian. Also, the birds vanished down the bend and I didn’t think he could find them again. I hope. Back in the car, Maggie whimpered in concern. But I came back safely.
Then we went on to the park, full of daisies and birds which were protected from hunters. Fishing is allowed, but no hunting. I’m glad.
What did I see, beside Canada Geese? An eagle, a hawk, robins, pigeons, starlings, brewer blackbirds, 3 types of swallows (barn, tree, and violet green), mallards, crows, my scrub jays, sparrows, and juncos. Also, Two baby calves with their mama. Not too bad for a quick drive!
I love birdwatching. It's relaxing and fun. Even though I've been birding for over 10 years I classify myself as an amateur birder. I plan to write a blog each month about my experiences. Hope you enjoy them!