Last week I wrote of the danger of becoming blasé about our surroundings. But I have yet to become indifferent to the birds we see here.
Florida residents refer to people who come to visit in the winter as “snowbirds.” So many come, the county population goes up by a third. We have visitors from the U.S.A.’s North. We have people from many other countries including a large influx from Canada and Germany. We have so many Germans here, we have our own Oktoberfest.
The “snowbirds” create traffic congestion, but we try not to complain. Snowbirds pay sales and other taxes keeping Florida’s overall tax burden relatively low.
But the real snowbirds are birds. Some stay all winter. Some just pass through. Some, like a flock of wood storks, have only been coming to our pond the last couple of years. Others, like the anhinga, were here long before we moved in.
We are not “birders.” We tend to refer to most birds with the term “LBB.” An LBB is a little brown bird — even if the bird is not brown.
We like seeing all our winter visitors every year, even those who bring traffic.
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In an attempt to make the “alphabetical index” at the top of the page more useful, I have added hyperlinks. Now you can find locations and just click on them to go to the relevant post.