Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trumpeter Swans

A small private lake in Heber Springs is the winter home to a flock of Trumpeter Swans. I drove up to see them a few weeks ago. The lake was full of swans, ducks, geese and many birds that I didn't even recognize. I am really enjoying bird watching! I have so much to learn about identifying the birds. I have books to help, I bought a CD of bird calls. I guess the older you get the harder it is to learn. I cannot seem to remember the sounds of the bird species. I think that is related to my musical memory, I don't have one! But I am still enjoying the effort to learn more. Now when I am working in the garden, and I hear the birds, I stop what I am doing and really listen to the bird songs. As I get older, I see me spending more time with bird watching than gardening. A serious bird watcher might go hiking to see rare birds, but you can still enjoy bird watching without a lot of physical effort. Gardening is usually pretty physically difficult, I wear myself out. I see my future as taking it a little easier, I will see how I feel after another season of blooms!