Wednesday, March 08, 2006

30. Townsend's Warbler

I walked out this morning to get some coffee. I've been up since way too early, calling Europe and writing. I awoke and started working before the coffee shops open, and before any decent human being could reasonably be expected to make coffee for themselves.

Shortly after seven, I headed out for a some caffiene. I needed a pick-me-up. Down the street, I saw somebody milling about on the sidewalk, looking up. It was Harper. She waved at me, motioning me to hurry.

I caught up with her, and was I ever glad I did. She was standing beneath a tree on Page Street looking up at a bird she had previously identified, but that I had never seen before, the Townsend's Warbler.

This is a Canadian and Alaskan bird, who only comes to California in the winter. Harper had seen this particular individual before, but I had not. SoI was glad to see him today. Another week or two and he might have been headed back up North again.


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