My friend and IBA partner has invited me to come to her house near the Catalina Mountains to see the Western Screech Owl that hangs out in her eaves. I have never seen a Western Screech Owl, so I am eager to visit and see this bird for myself. But there is another reason for me to go. Pam will be leaving soon for a three month long trek around the western mountains. She will leave on August 1st and I will be gone before she returns. This is my last chance to see her before I go. I arrive at her house around 9 a.m. and she shows me where “Olivia,” as she has affectionately named her, hangs out. I peek quietly around the corner at the object of my desire and marvel at the soft gray beauty of her.
Pam and I spend the rest of the morning drinking ice water and chatting in the shade of her back patio. We talk about the future and our plans and where we have been and where we will go. It all seems so casual and normal to me and finally the hours have ticked away and it is time to say good-bye. Another friend has come to visit and Pam introduces us and then we walk to my car. I say a calm good-bye and get inside and close the door. Pam and friend turn their backs to walk into the house through the garage. All is well, but then it hits me like a load of limestone! I will not see her again!
Suddenly I am out the door and chasing Pam into the garage. “Pam! Pam!” I call out frantically. I run to her and hug her. I am crying now. “I will not see you again,” I say! “I am going to miss you!” Pam hugs me back as I cry on her shoulder. Now we have said a proper good-bye. I wipe my eyes and turn back to my car. Now I really know. Now it has really hit me. I am really moving and there are more good-byes to say.
This one is just the beginning.My World Tuesday
Birds Seen at Pam’s House today:
Location: Pam's backyard
Observation date: 7/23/10
Notes: Watched birds with Pam from her yard. Storm clouds over the Catalinas. Hot and humid. Got pictures of screech owl. My first time ever seeing one!
Number of species: 18
Gambel's Quail 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
White-winged Dove 15
Mourning Dove 6
Western Screech-Owl 1 ****Lifer! It hangs out on the patio under the roof line on top of a brick ledge.
Costa's Hummingbird 2
Gila Woodpecker 1
Common Raven 1
Purple Martin (Desert) 2 Chasing Cooper's hawk
Cactus Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Abert's Towhee 1
Black-throated Sparrow 2
House Finch 12
House Sparrow 4
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