A Gift From Nature


A Gift From Nature

After an arduous couple days at work, Shey needed some serious de-stressing. How do we de-stress? We go birding! On this day, we decided to go to McKinney Falls park which we know very well. We had no idea of the amazing experience in store for us.

When we started, the Ranger office was closed but the gates were left open. As always there are envelopes available so that people can pay using the honor system. Well, cars stopped long enough to realize no one was collecting payment and they just streamed on through. Shey and I have a yearly parks pass so we never have to pay cash to the rangers. I suggested we just go on through since we have the pass anyway. This isn’t strictly correct. You should still fill out the little envelope with pass number and place it in the drop box. Shey insisted on this.

What goes around, comes around

The saying goes, “What goes around, comes around.” This works, not only for bad things, but good things too. When entering the trail, we found a 20 square yard area with eight different species of birds. That’s a very dense concentration.  Further down, we found a Painted Bunting. Always a treat. Already, this was a good birding day. It seems things were “coming around.”A little more hiking, and I noticed an Eastern Phoebe perched two feet away from me. Two feet! Birds just don’t do this. And then this happened…

We’re both whispering quietly during the video because we didn’t want to frighten the bird, but inside our heads we’re both screaming, THIS IS THE COOLEST EVER! We didn’t prompt the bird to land on us. We realized it wasn’t flying away, so we tried to get a pic of us and the bird at the same time. The Phoebe just hopped on us. After landing on me, we tried placing Shey beside the bird’s favorite perch, and amazingly, the bird went along with our ideas. My camera ran out of batteries, otherwise we could show you when the bird landed on the camera!

We figure this is a juvenile that doesn’t yet know to avoid humans. We arrived at the right place at the right time. We had to use Shey’s cam for the video above. Here’s a little vid I caught before my battery died.

More pics we collected along the way.



It was a wonderful day with a great Gift from Nature. We went home, quite de-stressed and positively elated.

Thanks for everything, Mother Nature.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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12 Responses to A Gift From Nature

  1. pattisj says:

    I love it when nature is interactive! Easter Phoebes are pretty little birds. The only one I’ve ever seen nested on my daughter’s porch light.


    • EagleAye says:

      Me too. We see them pretty often around here. They have the cutest song too. The is the closest we’ve ever seen one, or any wild bird for that matter. 😉


      • pattisj says:

        We had a newly-fledged Downy Woodpecker on its own last night, couldn’t fly yet. I couldn’t find it this morning–hope it’s safe. It’s so hard to stay away, but I had to get pictures, at least.


      • EagleAye says:

        So cute! I hope it’s safe too. Pictures are definitely mandatory when cute birds are around. 🙂


  2. I am so jealous….. Very jealous!!!


  3. Lyn says:

    That video is awesome! The Phoebe looks as though it’s trying to make a nest on Shey’s hat 🙂


  4. Indira says:

    You both are so lucky to have a chance to de-stress like this. The bird is not afraid at all. Very delightful video. Pictures are wonderful. A real gift from nature. Happy anniversary.


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