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:
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?