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Response to TuxedoKat (Reply #53)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:43 PM

54. Hey, we have been under a tornado watch/warning in the DC area so I am staying off my computer

But I wanted to quickly tell you that I live perhaps a mile or so away from the Beltsville Agriculture site you mentioned. I am not even sure it is a mile. What a coincidence! Also, I visit Ocean City from time to time because my best friend of 40 years has a condo on the beach and a small house there her Mom left her. So you mentioned two places I pass by or frequent often.

I have been wondering about those Whippoorwills since you mentioned them earlier. I want to make it clear that I am pretty ignorant about birds, but I am proud to have learned as much as I have about Mockingbirds. I now realize I need to learn the sounds other birds make so I can distinguish between them. Additionally, I need to study more pictures of different birds. I know quite a lot about politics, government, training dogs, but I am ignorant about birds. I do love all animals.

But once again, quickly because I need to shut down my computer, I wanted to mention that when the heavy rain stopped for a moment this evening, I stepped out onto my small porch out front to survey how much water was running down the street. We also have flash flood warnings in effect. I was thinking about the birds and wondering if they hide in the bushes when we get heavy rains and high winds. I was thinking if their wings got too wet, they probably could fly very well! But really, I was just wondering ... I have no knowledge about these things. At that time, there wasn't a bird in sight.

Then I saw her. Waterlogged she turned the corner and headed into the bush where the nest is located. I started thinking, I guess it doesn't matter what the weather is outside; her offspring must still be fed. What dedication these birds must feel toward their young. It is amazing to ponder.

I stepped back off the porch and shut the door. No need to be a distraction at this time to the Mockingbirds.

More later, after the storm.

Thanks for all your contributions to this discussion. They have been invaluable.

Sam

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