Monday, September 3, 2012

This Bird Is Trying to Teach Me Something

A few months ago, I took a few tennis lessons with my hubs. Along the stony path surrounding the tennis court fences was this bird.



She comes to the same tennis court every year to lay her eggs. She's some sort of seabird (for you ornithologists out there, if you can ID it I'd be grateful. My son thinks it's some kind of plover.)

Anyway, if you get too close to her, she ruffles her feathers. I've been told her beak jabs hurt a lot and draw blood. The tennis club members put up a sign up every year to warn people to stay a safe distance away from her. They adore her and protect her fiercely.

I think she's trying to teach me a lesson.

Here's a sea bird in the middle of land-locked Nebraska. She's nesting amongst humans, high-velocity fuzzy yellow balls, and swinging tennis rackets.

She's got no rocky beach to nest on. And yet, she successfully raises her chicks every single year.

If that's not tenacity, then I don't know what is.

Happy Labor Day, people. Have a great day!

36 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Amazing what you can learn from mother nature :)

KarenG said...

Great lesson! We had a pair of ducks that came to our pond each spring and I loved watching them for the same reason. Not just interesting and entertaining but thought-provoking as well.

Shelly said...

She does look like a plover- lover her spirit. And there must be a Mr. Plover somewhere around, too, if she's raising chicks- does he ever make an appearance?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Amazing that she does this every year. Thanks for sharing about it.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi dr lydia!
wow! what a cool bird that could fly all the way from the sea to nebraska every year just to lay her eggs and raise up her chicks. i love nature stuff so for sure i love that story. theres lessons everyplace in nature but you gotta take some time to look. i hope you have a fun labor day.
...hugs from lenny

B.E. Sanderson said...

It looks like a Killdeer (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/killdeer/id). They're a medium-sized member of the plover family and they're everywhere. Regardless of that, though, the lesson you took is important. She is still nesting in a difficult environment and surviving quite well. She's adapted. And that's something we humans can sometimes take a page from. ;o)

Have you gotten to see her dramatic act yet? Killdeer mothers will act like their wing is broken to distract prey from their nests. Definitely Oscar-worthy performances. =o)

mshatch said...

very cool! My son is a bird guy (off somewhere now looking for someone special) and I will have him take a look when he gets back.

Old Kitty said...

Oh she's a beauty! She's lovely!! I'm so glad she's safe where she is and that she and her babies are looked after! How wonderful!! Awwwww!!!

Take care
x

SA Larsenッ said...

I love thought provoking lessons like these!

mshatch said...

Son says killdeer, too :)

LD Masterson said...

It also says something encouraging that the humans who surrounder her take pains to keep her safe.

Barbara Watson said...

That is inspiring. And I love that the club members protect her. There's a great lesson in that too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is one determined little bird. Just think, her chicks have a long way to go to find the ocean, and yet they apparently find it.

Linda Gray said...

Well, all I can say to that is, fluff out your wings, lift them and fly! She's beautiful.

Karen Lange said...

Three cheers for tenacity! I think your son is right, it may be a plover. Saw them when we lived near the coast in NJ.

Happy Labor Day!

Deb Salisbury said...

What an inspiring little bird!

The Golden Eagle said...

Wow. That's one determined bird--and what a great lesson to take from her. :)

Lydia Kang said...

I think it's definitely a kildeer, so thank you BE and MS!

Shelley Munro said...

That is so cool. Now I could tell you about geese. I cycle past them every day and they hiss. They make me cycle much faster!!

Susan Fields said...

She sounds like one tough momma - good for her!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Amazing that she can keep on fighting year after year Lydia. I'm sure there are better places to nest. Good lesson

Krispy said...

Great lesson and great picture! She's beautiful. I wonder where she flew in from...

Jenny Woolf said...

She suggests to me, also, the message that life is confusing but you have to make the best of it! :D

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Love the lesson you found in this situation. She's a beautiful bird, isn't she?!

Jai Joshi said...

Gorgeous post, Lydia! Nature has such lessons to teach us, if only we're willing to stop and listen, like you did. Thanks for sharing.

Jai

Lynda R Young said...

Ha, such fierceness for something so little.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its amazing what nature especially birds can teach you.

LTM said...

OK, I'm in love with this story! And I feel like this little bird so far from my beach home. Is there at least a lake or something nearby?

You & your tennis club folks are very cool to look out for her. :o) <3

lbdiamond said...

Nice!

Carol Riggs said...

What a cool story! Definitely tenacious. Yep...we can/should be tenacious too. :)

Connie Keller said...

What a lovely story. And an inspiration!

Southpaw said...

Oo, she is so pretty.

Leslie S. Rose said...

Cool looking birdie, and so wise. I only know two kinds of birds, Cute or Pretty.

Tamara Narayan said...

Last Christmas a bird flew into the window at my parents house and fell into the snow. I held it in my hands even though it wasn't moving. I kept breathing on it, giving it a warm cubby even though I'm sure it thought I was going to eat it any second. After fifteen or twenty minutes I tested it's wings, spreading them out and tried to get the feet to perch. I thought I would be holding it as it died, but then it flew away. I don't know if it survived long-after or not, but yes, birds are tenacious.

A Lady's Life said...

That's a pretty bird and also very smart.

Phoenix said...

Beautiful post! I love that your tennis community recognizes the lovely qualities in this bird and protects her because they respect what she's trying to do. I think tenacity can get us many places (and it often does), but to really find happiness, we also need someone - or in this instance, a group of people - who just GETS it. You know?

Great story - and a cute picture to boot!

 
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