Birds enjoy a gentle rain and actually so do I.
Why would seven adults tromp through puddles to count birds?
I can give you several reasons:
- There is always the thrill of the unexpected, like the great blue heron we spotted flying low through the mist,
- The opportunity for discovery, we watched a pair of red-shouldered hawks putting the finishing touches on a new nest,
- Moments of peace and beauty like the female Allen's hummingbird taking a bath in the rain and the elegant nest she has built edged in bright green moss,
- There is always something new to learn, today I learned how to identify a male acorn woodpecker from a female,
- There are smiles and laughter, and real human friendship
- And the 35 bird species we counted will be reported to Cornell University through ebird.org so scientists can track changes in bird populations
Me, I'll be counting again on Saturday Feb. 19 at the Los Angeles Zoo. Zoo members are invited to join in on a bird walk before the Zoo opens. We will meet at the glass doors north of the main entrance between 7:45 and 8 AM. To make reservations please phone 323/622-8114 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (including “Bird Walk” in the subject line) with the following information: your name, membership number, members in your party, age of attending children, and your phone number.