I arrive at dawn and hustle in to my office. Big white blobs on Big Pond turn into Tundra Swans through my binoculars.
I work a while. Then I hear the boss’s voice over the P.A. system: There’s a mockingbird in the sumac next to the stop sign by the entrance. Coats on, grab binoculars… out we go.
Our mission is interrupted by a distant, yet loud chorus of geese. We watch the empty skies in anticipation as the honking gets louder. Finally – there… just over the trees – hundreds and hundreds of geese heading out to join the white blobs, I guess.
We return to scanning the bushes. We never see the mockingbird, but we do spot a pileated woodpecker, working a tree, then flying overhead.
Photo by Tom LeBlanc – http://monarchbfly.com
Where else does your job require you to take occasional bird breaks?