Friday, July 8, 2011
Making an effort
Another hot day. But since I had the afternoon free, I decided I might as well look around for some birds. I had very low expectations, just the hope of getting a couple good photos of some summer residents.
I decided to head for Ewing Park in Bloomington. Bird-wise, my low expectations were not even met--so few birds! A pair of cardinals, a lot of robins, a ruby-throated hummingbird, a brown thrasher, and some crows. No, I did not forget any species; that was it.
And it was so hot. I walked very slowly and felt a little nauseous. Even the crows were hot--the one in the photo below isn't cawing, it's just holding its beak open to cool off.
I caught a robin dust-bathing on the trail.
And a little further, another one was sunning itself.
It let me get so close, I was getting worried that something was wrong with it; maybe it was dazed by the heat. And when it did move, what happened, did its head fall off??
What a relief!
After this short stroll, I felt like I'd made enough of an effort, and headed for Barnes and Noble to look at books about birds instead.