Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Uncommon to me

Along old Route 66 in Oklahoma, Jeff and I decided to find a nice park for lunch.  We drove through a couple towns and could not even find some shade, much less a park.  We finally settled on an underpass of I-40 where we moved to the back of our van/camper and fixed a couple sandwiches. Once we were finished I went outside to walk around and noticed the underpass was full of nests of some type.
 The nests were bottle shaped, made out of mud and numerous.  Such a large group made me pretty sure they were swallow nests, but I was not sure of which.

The more I thought about it the more sure I was that they were cliff swallows.  We saw no birds other than a lone pigeon.

Some of the nests were broken and some had grass sticking out the opening.  I had never seen anything like it, so it was hard to get back in the camper to move on.
The next interesting bird for me was a magpie.  I do realize that if you are from magpie country, they aren't a big thrill.  They must be a bit like crows for you people but for me they are beautiful rare birds. Also, I know they have a good sense of humor, because I have seen them on television laughing at people who walk into glass doors that have recently been cleaned with some particular brand of window cleaner.

For you westerners, I am sorry to be so trite.  Maybe you can use this picture to gain a new appreciation of a common bird.

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