Friday, June 8, 2012

--dreams come with many cares....

I saw several Lark Buntings. I didn't know they were Lark Buntings, so now I have looked them up.... (yes, we are keeping a list, but the sighting doesn't count unless we both see 'em.) I kept saying to Joel --Look, look --a black bird with white wings... but he didn't see 'em.... We were out on the road, and he insisted that perhaps I was seeing Red-winged Black Birds, but I said I could tell the difference between red shoulders and white wings....

Here is the Redwinged Black Bird












And to the right is the Lark Bunting. See what I mean?

(See All About Birds here.)

Redwinged Black Birds stay around during the winter. I mean --wow... having experienced a 'mild' winter here myself, I don't know how a little bird withstands minus-zero temperatures, or finds food through the snow. Lark Buntings go to Mexico --and change into drab brown birds. That is amazing --do they lose all their feathers and grow new ones, or do the existing feathers change?

Totally. Amazing.

I am still actively looking for a magpie. Although, --I thought that was just a name for me...
Black-billed Magpies are familiar and entertaining birds of western North America. They sit on fenceposts and road signs or flap across rangelands, their white wing patches flashing and their very long tails trailing behind them. This large, flashy relative of jays and crows is a social creature, gathering in numbers to feed at carrion. They’re also vocal birds and keep up a regular stream of raucous or querulous calls.
Perhaps it was an appropriate name for me.... Yellow-billed magpies are native to my own California, and I don't think I 've ever seen one.

I did find something unwanted yesterday --prairie cactus. I kept hearing about it --and how one has to pick the tines out of one's shoes...

Prairie cactus --right in our own backyard

It is nobodies friend. I dug it out and threw it away. I was tempted to throw it right where the guys get drunk and poop and throw their garbage... but, I didn't....

And then somebody warned me about sand burrs.... But, sand burrs are not particular to the prairie. I know how they like to find their way between the toes and whatnot....

I had wanted a small garden this year --a few tomato plants and peas or beans or squash of some sort... you know.... But, it seems that I will be tending cactus and burrs and looking at birds instead....

At prayer this morning (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3)
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God;
--lest they be full of prairie cactus and sand burrs and the like...
to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil.
--I am striving to listen as never before... it's all so different here....
Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.

For dreams come with many cares, and a fool’s voice with many words.
--I can take a hint. Peace out!

PS: I am still going to dream that the hedge outside my window might be huckleberries!