Birds!

May 27, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I ran a hill workout this morning at Holmes Lake. The damn dam nearly killed me. There was a lot of gasping and wheezing; I thought my end was near. Adding to my sense of dread were no fewer than twenty-five of these beautiful, but forbidding, birds:

Turkey vulture in flight

Now I’ve seen plenty of turkey vultures in Lincoln over the years. You can find them soaring over various parts of town pretty frequently. But the sight of twenty-five of them all hanging out together was pretty cool. Even if they were just waiting for me to die so they could perform a sky burial on my remains.

Turkey vultures weren’t the only birds on and around the dam this morning. Two hawks tormented a group of starlings, and vice versa. Several male red-winged blackbirds swooped around me. A western meadowlark (Nebraska’s state bird!) was convinced I was chasing him, though in reality he was just too dim to land anywhere except directly in front of me. And there were various geese and ducks on and around the lake. All in all the birds were a great distraction from what turned out to be a taxing workout.

Do you have any bird stories from around Lincoln this spring?

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Moses May 27, 2010 at 2:39pm

With Robins.  I remember how happy we were to see the first one when the snow started to melt.  Now, the corner posts on our deck have become the favored roosting spots for a whole herd of them.  I am thinking of putting pointy solar lights on the posts to deter them from s*itting there all day.

Peter May 27, 2010 at 3:43pm

My apartment deck overlooks J Street, between 25th and 26th.  Not exactly rural.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a wild turkey strolling across a lawn on the other side of the street.  It went between 2 apartment buildings and disappeared from my view.

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