“Hope” is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops ... at all - Emily Dickenson

Friday, January 10, 2020

Charlie's Clapper Rail

We were out with Charlie and Francine McPherson this morning - birding with Charlie, walking with Francine. She enjoys looking at birds, but seems not to care a nickle what labels humans have hung on them. Maybe her pleasure is purer? 














Normally Clapper Rails are sulky birds that we only occasionally get a glimpse of. This one seemed to be following us, stepping out into open in at least four separate locations. One would think that with four opportunities I would get an amazing photograph. You would think. No matter, these were good enough, but more importantly, it was a "life bird" for Charlie, the first time he had actually seen one. That is always exciting. 

- Gunnar in the Wind


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