Thursday, May 1, 2008

an easy choice

I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
--Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) Aviation Pioneer

I think this is a spotted sandpiper -- I'll double check with our resident bird expert at Milligan College, Dr. Gary Wallace. Gary is retiring from Milligan this year after 41 years of teaching -- but will return part-time to teach various field biology classes. His enthusiasm for nature, especially birds, is contagious -- students come out of his birdwatching class excited about what they've learned and experienced -- with a new appreciation and quiet awe for the splendid creatures flying about them. Congratulations and happy trails to you, Gary!

BTW: There's a terrific website to help with bird identification called -- it includes lots of information, illustrations, and the sounds each bird makes.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, it's a spotted sandpiper. They turn up in the oddest spots--well, for a sandpiper. They like mountain lakes and ponds. Nice!

    Carolyn H.


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