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Win some, Lose some…

January 16, 2013

Beloved Birders! Some of you may recall that this past Spring, I had a particularly impressive string of bad-car karma. Within the span of 24 hours, I was hit by a drunk driver and received a speeding ticket on my own street, in front of my own home! Thankfully, the accident was minor, but the speeding ticket was particularly insulting (then again, I may have overdone it on the emotional front; perhaps a strategically timed tear gliding down my cheek would have done more for my cause than my relentless, pathetic sobbing — once again, less is more!).

Anyhow, earlier this week, I went to court; the fine was lowered and the demerit points erased from my record. The news thrilled me to such a degree that on my way out of the courtroom, I dropped my purse and proceeded to watch the contents spill out in slow motion. I tried to collect my odds and ends — including a grapefruit, multicolored pens, my journal, lipstick, and the bird book I brought to court just in case I had time to acquire a little more ornithological erudition — without tripping over my stuff. This morning, I searched for Colin Trudge’s The Bird and it was nowhere to be found. Oh well — so much for having a delightful story of reading about birds in a traffic court room.

May whoever finds my copy of The Bird (which I really enjoyed until I reached the end of page 4, when I was catastrophically interrupted by my own clumsiness and embarrassment) delight in the book and may it be the beginning of a lifelong interest in the wonders of the avian world!

In other, more positive news, I saw my first Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) this weekend! And, in the spirit of this post, the impressively grey bird was entirely covered in fog and appeared in my binoculars as nothing more than a silhouette. Alas, even my beloved Zeiss binoculars failed to distinguish the bird from a dark blob.

townsol(What the bird ought to have looked like. Photo from here)

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