Awakening a Keen Observer

Monday, April 30, 2007


My father's studies of the Red-Winged Blackbird determined some interesting conclusions. One that came to mind yesterday as I was driving was that the Redwinged BB's you se in your local area are not the ones that do crop damage in your local area. These move on further north ' for that purpose. This he determined by banding thousands and following their movements. The Red-wings are breeding and you can see them about ever 1/4 mile on the fence posts.
Other Migrations The Sissor-tail flycatchers are back in full force right now in SW Oklahoma. What a delightful graceful bird they are. Colors of light grey with a little variation they really flit and soar along their way. One was perched about 3 feet from my car the other day and it was a delight to watch. We are on the flycatcher trail...a fly zone for the birds. They are back
Bluebonnets. We've lived here in OK for 7 springs now and this spring there are more bluebonnets as they make their way north. The road between Duncan and Marlow in its center has a wonderful carpet of them mixed with a few Indian Paintbrush. How beautiful.
But also in a wilder environment along the roadside here and there in the south part of my Parish there are crops of bluebonnets. Not as many as Texas...not yet.

There are studies of human patterns of migration. National Geographic has such information on the Genographic website
What makes a people wander? What makes them move out from where they are set and into another country or whole continent. Today humankind once more experience migration due to war and strife and fear and surety of being killed if you stay. Darfur Sudan, Baghdad Iraq are a couple of references. People are leaving. A little different than a migrant hunter gatherers.
Where do you belong? Where are your First roots?
WE all seem to come together on the whole we do all we can for one another, but on the whole people are still on the move. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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