Friday, October 18, 2013

Have you ever whistled back at a bird?  I have and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Birds are another of nature’s gifts to us and we should appreciate them more.  People are high mantaineous. They talk back, are highly emotional and even loose their temper.  Birds are nature’s song and beauty in how their colors and delicate feathers just fall in patterns on their little bodies.
This time of year like in spring is a good time to notice them.  The leaves are falling off the trees revealing the bird nests and the birds themselves before they decide to fly off to somewhere else for the winter months.  I am also beginning to understand older people lately who I used to just think of as a waste of time in my way.  Perhaps because I am happy to get old.  Why speed in the car and why not stop and notice the leaves and the birds like an old person does?  Should I be looking forward to death as quickly as I can or should I stop to smell the flowers, listen to the birds, see the beautiful trees while I am still here?  Stopping from the harshness of life sounds pretty good at any age.

I would call a friend up every day early in the morning and it was good to hear the birds chirping loudly from her tree outside her window through the phone.  There are always super fans about anything these days.  Every May in Toledo, Ohio there are swarms of people that flock together with their binoculars to see the migratory song birds return from South America where they have kept warm for the winter.

The birds pause along Lake Erie before they travel even further across America.  .Like everything else wonderful in life, the populations of wild birds are dwindling too.  There is the Northern Bobwhite down by 85% percent.  Many of our most common birds like the Boreal Chickadee down by 76% percent , are in steep decline.  The Field Sparrow is down dramatically by 68% percent in the past four decades according to the National Audubon Society.

Still, birders as they call them are the 47 Million people who take pictures of each and every variety of bird they can see anywhere.  I guess there is a good purpose for all those zooming camera smart phones out there that everyone seems to own these days.  According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, they are keeping track of the bird watchers too.

Maybe there should be even more bird watchers out there?  I think there should be many more bird feeders out there.  Give people tax breaks if they do something good for the environment.  In Indiana the songbirds seasonal migration is is celebrated too at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.  In Ohio, the people congregate at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.  In Indiana they have fun competitions for people to document by photos how many different kinds of birds they can document with the winner of the most birds found winning a prize.

See, seeing birds can be fun and exciting and a great way to meet new people if you are tired of meeting some drunk in a bar.  At least you will see the person sober and in the daylight.  So, take a picture of the Purple Finch, the Indigo Bunting, the Kentucky Warbler and a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  Take a picture of the beautiful woman looking up at the sky too.  But most importantly learn to love the simple things that nature provides.  Beautiful women included.

Birds of a feather flock together.  Maybe you will meet your mate by hanging out together.  Author Brian Kimberline wrote a book called Deep In The Yellowwood State Forest and found inspiration for that book in birds.  Birds represent true freedom.  Imagine just being able to take flight and keep going anywhere just stopping to eat along the way.  A true free and adventurous life uninhibited by anything.

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