Saturday, December 12, 2009

DC trip.

Back home out of the Urban Concrete Jungle.  Flying was a mess.  Delays, missed flights, crowded planes, people who had eaten garlic or gotten drunk the night before - or both sitting next to me.  Lovely experience in the wildness of humans.  Spending four nights alone in a hotel room without a loved one with me - I can hardly wait to go back to required meetings.

But........... on the brighter side, I visited the Holocaust Museum and I saw four species of birds - not counting all the "chicks" running to catch the subway.  Boy was that exciting.

First I saw pigeons, but the most interesting was pigion feathers systematically falling from a high building.  Something was picking the feathers off a hapless bird, but I did not find out what it was.  I thought it might be a falcon - but was probably a DC rat or a homeless person.

I did see a House sparrow.



Nearby I saw a Starling, picking crumbs off the street.



But then I found an owl with a birdwatcher in Chinatown observing the wildlife in Washington DC!!!!



I am glad to be back in Idaho where the wildness of the weather does not cause me frustration.  By the way, these pictures were taken with my wife's point and shoot camera - I left my big one home.


9 comments:

Veronica Wald said...

Aren't you glad you saw the Holocaust Museum? I think it should be required for everyone. I had only about 4 hours there, and it wasn't enough, the exhibits just compel you to linger and read every word.

As you know from reading my blog, (http://veronicawaldsamusingmusings.blogspot.com/search?q=holocaust) some of my relatives were killed in the Holocaust, and the pain of the survivors has been lifelong.

Robert Mortensen said...

Welcome home!

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

My I guess the terms Birds of a Feather.. has a totally different meaning in DC!

Kilauea Poetry said...

So you were bird watching at the Holocaust Museum! ha
These are great and I've enjoyed your amusing post!
A DC rat or a.. unreal

mountain.mama said...

I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get home to where it's quiet after a trip to the big city.

Janie said...

Glad you're back. I'll bet the airlines were a mess with all the bad weather across the country.
Humans are pretty wild and crazy when stacked too close in the urban world. I'd rather watch wildlife in its natural habitat.

Alex George said...

i went out to the chester dam two days ago and there was tons of wildlife. to bad,I just sold my telephoto lens to get a better one. I would recomend trying some photography out there.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

What kind of Holocaust museum did you go to? It's always good to remember the bad things, so it will never ever happen again.

Love your little city birdie. And the owl made me laugh. But I'd rather look at your nature pics Bill.

Welcome Home.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Bill: Fun post for sure.