Tag: birds

palm tree, beach

Who am I, Really?

I used to wonder about anorexics who still thought they were fat when they were rail-thin. How could someone not see themselves as she is? I am beginning to relate just a tiny bit. I still have shirts that were always too small at the back of the […]

red chicken

Are You Chicken?

I remember as a small child, searching my Uncle Alfred’s hen house for eggs. I was afraid to reach under the hens, but I enjoyed gathering the eggs from the nest boxes without hens. It wasn’t until later that I saw the dark side of chickens. Many years […]

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 […]

Green-cheeked Amazon parrot, Red-lored Amazon parrot, green parrot, red-crowned Amazon, Amazona viridigenalis

Lost and Found

Rescue organizations are full of “lost” pets, right? Not necessarily. An animal communicator I know tells me that many of these animals consciously ran away from a home they didn’t want. They were willing to risk euthanasia to find a home that suited them more. I heard what […]

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 […]

Allerton park, Kauai, Hawaii, white water lily

Looking for … a State of Grace

I call upon the Mover of the Universe today, asking for just a little help. I find a need for fortitude — a boost to make it through this tiring dog-eat-dog world. I’m rough around the edges and that isn’t likely to change. I’m clumsy, awkward, and enjoy […]

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 […]