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.