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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bird Tracks

Maybe a picture really is worth a thousand words.

I grabbed a quick meal before my bowling league last night. While I ate in my car I noticed a scene that I thought might make a good picture (see below). Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me so I used the camera on my cell phone. The picture turned out pretty well, given that my cell phone camera is only 1.2 megapixels. (Did you notice that it looks like the photo was taken during the blue hour? That’s probably the real reason it turned out decent.)

I was intrigued by the small animal tracks leading up to the tree. Whatever it was, it walked up to the tree and that’s where its tracks end. So, it must have been a bird, right? But if that’s the case, then why did it walk through the snow to get to the tree in the first place? Why not fly to the tree?

Maybe it saw some food. If you look closely, you can see that somebody tossed a bag of trash to the left of the tree. But the bird’s tracks never ventured toward the bag—unless the wind moved the bag—which is possible. Maybe the bird planned to check out the bag, but changed its mind and decided to get a better look from the tree. Or maybe a male bird was trying to show a female bird that was sitting in the tree how tough he was so he walked across the frozen tundra to impress her. And maybe it worked and they flew off together to live happily ever after.

Inquiring minds want to know.


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