The Birds and the … er Birds

November 1, 2010 · Posted in Family · Comment 

This evening the kids and I were all outside enjoying the cool air and the peacefulness that outside brings to the baby.  The two older girls were playing on the swing and the baby was watching the airplanes overhead.  I noticed some birds on the fence, and pointed them out to our girls, who love birds.  The baby started to cry, and the older kids started cooing and whistling trying to talk to the birds.  I was surprised that the birds didn’t fly away.  The girls had differing view of what they were doing.  The birds were facing each other and the left one would move toward the right and the one on the right would move back.  Then the one on the right would go left and it would move back, this repeated over and over and over (like 10 minutes of this) and they never flew away.

One of the girls thought they were playing tag, the other said they are mommy and daddy birds making a nest.  All of a sudden they shot up into the air and started “hugging” as they fell towards the earth only to let go just in time to keep from smashing into the ground.  Turns out the second one was mostly right.

It’s not everyday you see “National Geographic specials” in your own back yard. Not living in the suburbs, anyway.

Funny Little Bird

May 1, 2008 · Posted in Funny, Photography · 1 Comment 

At about 9:30 this morning I pulled up to an old, abandoned trailer park to do some work. My task was to perform a test that determines how fast water will infiltrate into the soil. This test usually takes about an hour or so. I usually have to wait about 10 to 15 minutes between readings. Since there was a nice cool breeze I decided to roll down my windows and get some paperwork taken care of. All of a sudden a small bird flew into my truck. It startled me. The little thing must have hatched this year. The poor little thing got stuck between the windshield and the dash board. It was terrified of me, and only wanted to get away, but it couldn’t figure out why it couldn’t fly through the glass. It just sat there in the crack between the glass and the dash until I opened my door and got out. Then it flew to the rear window where it got stuck again. I had to open all four doors and pretty much shew it out so it would leave. At least it didn’t poop.

Bird in Car 1

Bird in Car 2