Thursday, January 08, 2009

Getting a bird-watcher’s attention

Bird-watchers never get tired of watching the birds, but seeing the same ones every day– cardinal, nuthatch, titmouse, chickadee, blue jay, goldfinch, yellow-rumped warbler, downy and red belly woodpeckers, to name a few—isn’t very exciting, although a small flock of chittering cedar waxwings flitting about the lower pasture is interesting enough to stop and watch for a second or two.

But once in a while, one is compelled to sit up and take notice.

At the beginning of the week, we were driving home from the dentist and were within about 5 miles of the house. I was looking down because I was reading to Richard while he drove, and suddenly he says:

Wow!!! Look at that!! That’s an eagle!!!

Huh? What? What?!! AN EAGLE!!! Where!!!

I look up and catch a fleeting glimpse of a large, dark shape passing overhead, and now it is behind the car, and so I turn around and lean over and sure enough, I see the classic white head and...

Woah! It was an eagle all right.

Yesterday morning I was driving home from town after my aerobics class and the trip to the post office to get the mail, and as I turned down the frontage road to home, about a half-mile from the house, I saw flying toward me, at about tree-top level, a large dark bird with a white head, and my heart began to beat just a little bit faster and as it got closer it turned and flew over the trees. And I stopped and watched it until it flew out of sight.

This was probably the same bird we saw earlier in the week. Eagles do winter over in this area -- in fact, I went on an Eagle Watching expedition with the local Audubon Society many years ago -- but seeing one this close to town is not that common.

Very exciting.
Very exciting indeed.


Safire said...

Hey I saw a bald eagle the other day too! It was thrilling!

Tami said...

We have eagles here in my's always big news, because there are so few. But just north of us they are a more common sight.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Wow! Biggest thing we have here is my chicken called Katie. Eagles?! so exciting. Once had one come right at us in car when in Scotland and we all ducked! Like that would help...
There is something immensely satisfying about seeing such a bird. Hope you have another meeting with him...her....