Friday, July 3, 2009

Long time, no see

I saw a kingbird perched on the power line behind the house today. They used to be regular visitors here, but disappeared a few years ago for reasons unknown. Their name is apt--they're such regal little birds. They'll sit motionless until a tasty bug comes along, swoop up instantly to catch it, and return to the perch as if nothing happened. It's adorable to watch. I'm glad they're back.

Illustration by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, 1901. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

1 comment:

Julie H. Rose said...

They are wonderful birds (I thought for a moment if there are "unwonderful" birds, and the answer is actually yes).

I saw a pair building a nest at the beginning of May and you remind me that I thought then, "Where have they been?" 20 years ago, they were ubiquitous.