Category: Birds

My Parrots Sing Out

Three of my parrots are quite eager to speak to whoever will listen. They all have a backstory which I know nothing or little about because I got Sugar and Hannah as adults from a rescue organization. I received Ruby from a previous owner at the urging of […]

great horned owlet

Finding Owls and Community

I walk my dogs frequently in the evenings down a wooded trail near our suburban home. I’d see other walkers, with and without dogs, but I rarely said more than a greeting. If they had a dog, there is a possibility that my dogs will be impolite, and […]

clouds

Bird Signs

I never thought of myself as a bird person until recent years. I’m too nearsighted to see little songbirds, but I enjoy the large birds we see around here. There are migratory waterfowl such as ducks, geese, great blue herons, and white pelicans, and we have raptors here […]

white pelican in flight, Barr Lake, Colorado

Getting Grounded

Most of my work is, well, all in my head. I’m reading, writing, analyzing, interviewing, and meeting with people. Sometimes, I spend nine or ten hours without even leaving the fourth floor of my office building. I’m very focused, and I get a lot done. But at the […]

clutch of goose eggs, Barr Lake, Colorado

Migration

I grew up in a place that was short on beauty and long on heat, sand, and wind. Wildlife consisted primarily of rattlesnakes and “horny toads” (little horned lizards). The place was flat and waterless; its only redeeming qualities were gorgeous sunsets and oil. But it was my […]

Avocets, landing bird, flying bird, wading bird

Lifting Up (part 2)

I wanted to introduce more wonders over the skies of Colorado. There just wasn’t enough room in my last post for the beautiful birds and uplifting sights I’ve seen here. I was raised in the flatlands of Texas that were just dust and oil wells. The mountains were […]

feather, water

Lifting Up

I once read a fantasy series by Gayle Greeno about cats who communed with their ancestors by elevating their thoughts in a meditative spiral. At the time, I thought it was a bit weird and wondered why a spiral. Now, I totally understand, and often see a spiral […]

Goffin's Cockatoo, Tanimbar Cockatoo, Cacatua goffini, white parrot

Lessons from my Cockatoo

My companion animals are more than just my friends; they’re also my teachers. I’ve recently reflected on the lessons from my pushy, wild-caught cockatoo. He’s a rescue, probably over 35 years old, and full of personality. Domestic birds of his breed will learn to speak, but that boat […]