I love a lot of different species of birds. All of these birds can be located at the following site. From Maine, the chickadee and the evening tanager; from Adirondack Park, the cedar waxwing and the harriers; from North Carolina, the cardinals, the tufted titmouse and the lovely eastern bluebird, with a song that sounds like an actual chirp; from eastern Colorado, the tiny shrikes and the barn swallow; from California, stellar’s jays and the downy woodpecker; and finally, from Florida, the roseate spoonbill, and my favorite bird in the world — the brown pelican.
I sorted through a pile of old photographs today, and came upon pictures I took while visiting sister S. in Key Largo. A Wild Bird Sanctuary can be found in nearby Tavernier, where the first birds I saw were lines of pelicans looking down on us visitors; and from any stretch of shoreline anywhere in the keys.
I was captivated by the resting position of this pelican, specifically the face and bill. The bird strikes me as a descendant of dinosaurs — he is unlike any other bird. While in flight, he looks almost identical to drawings of Pterosaurs. I like him most when he is sitting, With other pelicans, he looks like a Supreme Court Justice with his colleagues on the bench.
To me, when I saw the birds in the sanctuary, a photo of which is attached above, all I could think of was British MPs, looking down their noses at each other and at me. Or perhaps ladies at a Garden Tea — can’t you just picture them, sitting so formally together, straight, stiff faces and not a smile, but sideways glances to see who may be breaking the rules. Perhaps a room full of Tom Cratchetts, or for that matter, Ebeneezer Scrooges, glasses perched on the ends of their noses, very serious-faced and practical, looking at a desktop of work ahead.
If anyone has the joy of visiting the northern Keys, the Wild Bird Center is located on US Rt. 1, which runs the length of the Keys. The Center’s address is:
THE LAURA QUINN WILD BIRD SANCTUARY ADDRESS: 93600 Overseas Hwy MM 93.6, Tavernier, FL 33070 [Click for map]
Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset