I was headed out of my office tonight to go home. As I was locking the door, a Northern Mockingbird flew toward me, squawked and landed on the step railing near me. I said, "What? Do you have a youngster out here somewhere?" (Yes, I do talk to birds.)
I looked around without moving and discovered a pristine juvenile sitting on the sidewalk, two feet away.
The white edging of the juvenile's plumage was brilliant against pale gray feathers and when she looked up at me, her yellow gape was SO yellow. I wondered if she had just fledged. I stood without moving and coaxed, "You need to fly." A few beats later, she flew to the holly with parent close behind.
Bird parents. They are loyal, hard working, vigilant.
And that brings me to killdeer. Along with mockingbirds, this is a bird I have known and loved since childhood. I first became acquainted with them in farm pastures, their loud cries on the wing unmistakable. My latest encounter was last week in the grocery parking lot. But it was not until my June visit to Brevard County, FL, on my way to the Pelican Island Overlook at Sebastian Inlet, that I actually witnessed the famous broken wing display. Immediately, I was on the alert for young.
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For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.