Spectacular: Vermillion Flycatcher!
A multi-syllabic name for a multi-gorgeous bird
who makes a shallow cup nest of twigs & soft matter,
lines it w/ hair & finishes it w/ lichen
where the high desert meets the mountains in Big Morongo Canyon.
I came upon a nest in the horizontal fork of a tree just off the trail.
Big Morango is designated an “IBA,” Important Bird Area.
This label will help the VF etc be.
Designate Earth an “Important Area” like the Important Bird Area designations for sites of outstanding value; do it for the Vermillion Flycatchers and our kids’ kids’ kids. (420 characters in 9 lines)
Finding a new use for an old item or idea is what the Deer Mouse does:
She thatches leaves into a roof for an old bird’s nest,
filling it with nuts, seeds, dried beetles, feathers & thistle down,
This first snow insulates her winter getaway.
I watch her scurry 50’ up the tree trunk,
pause to survey w/ her large ears twitching, then slip inside.
I’m awed & reminded to search out new purposes,
to be a finder.
Perspective. It helps me cope w/ my Trump angst & binoculars.
I thought of this while helping one of the kids w/ HIS bins. He’s got the hold-the-barrels-steady part.
The Eagle Optics Kingbirds & National Geographic Kids Bird Guide are great, btw;
which reminds me that solid ideas & resources help w/ coping too.
Then I had him read signs @ various distances
starting w/ the closest & moving farther away. Perspective.
Another source of perspective? Late night tv, or in my case, late night tv youTubes: