|Brown-crested Flycatcher collecting food for the recently hatched young|
I'm always surprised by how quickly the young grow up. I mean.....this can be said about any species! Even humans! My nephew is already going to be a sophomore. Where did the time go? How did my family get so old??!!! The only conclusion I can come up with is that they live in Wisconsin. I haven't aged a day here in Arizona:) So you ask about the gray in my beard? Well, that's easy. I spray painted that stuff into my hair to look wise and Gandalf-like so that my family wouldn't feel any different :)
|Red Torch Cactus|
|Female Gila Woodpecker feeding the young. Look at that amazing Saguaro cavity!!! That is amazing!|
Youth. Inexperience. I wish I could telepathically share with them all my life experiences. Be careful when dating. Be careful settling for something that you are not ready for. Don't take out too many student loans. Stay away from those damn drugs. But have fun! How do I pass that information on to the future generations? Were they listening to my lessons? Quite simply, I have to let them go. They have to leave the nest at some point. It's something they have to EXPERIENCE on their own.
|A male Gila Woodpecker pokes his head out to see what's going on|
|Northern Beardless Tyrannulet|
I watched a Bell's Vireo collect nesting material. I asked myself, Is this the second clutch? OR Did the first nest fail? In the mind of a bird, a failure means try again. Move on. And do it again. There's a message in there somewhere.
As I walked out my classroom door, another Senior stopped and told me that he was thinking about taking a bird watching class at his university. I had a huge smile on my face and told him that this made me very happy. While my objective is always teaching the Spanish language, I also try to connect my lessons through life experiences. In the background, I'll have a bird on my SMART board. When I disappear for that one day at school, my students know that I'm not sick but instead chasing a rare bird:) And it's my obligation to show them my results the day after:)
|Arizona Bell's Vireo collecting nest material|
I have one more week of school to go. The forecast will be in the 100's again. So I called my a/c guy to check our unit because I HATE the heat and want to prevent disaster from happening! I climbed up on my roof and sat with him as he went over each of the specs. I thought to myself, Why don't I live up here? It's beautiful! Anyhow, everything looked good to go. If there's one thing that stresses me out, it's the fear that our a/c unit will die in the middle of summer. I have a secondary unit back up but still.....
So I'm ready for summer. I've said my good-byes. And now it's time to move forward because life doesn't wait for any of us. I've been stuck at 759 lifebirds for too long! If I remember correctly, there are over 10,000 bird species out there that are waiting for me to find! And you know what that means.......
|The many owls I've seen this year! Most shared with people I love. Thank you all for your friendship.|
1. Reid Park
2. Lakeside Park
3. Agua Caliente Park
Until next time........