Geoff and Maria reported a Bird Watcher sighting to me, back at home, where I was sautéing onions and carrots for dinner, and turning dough. I was feeling totally engrossed in the tasks at hand, but the call from Maria gave me that same restless impulse I felt the last time Geoff spied Birders in the neighborhood. I turned off the stove, pulled up my boots, grabbed my camera and hit the road! Lucky, too, because this was the most successful sighting yet.
I came face to face with fellow FIRST 2102 Team Paradox Robotics parents, Anita and Dave! What?? So cool. (Yes, I can bring bird watching and robotics together in the same post. Seamlessly.) What fantastic good fortune for me, because Anita really has a great handle on the local birding scene. And as we stood together scanning the trees and phone lines, our bird appeared! I feel like I've won a prize, witnessed a miracle. I love how anticipation and time, and sharing the hope of observing something unique with enthusiasts is so exhilarating!
While this is nothing like Big Year, it certainly has been a Marvelous Month for backyard birding!