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Originally posted by angrywhitechick
Do you ever feel that fate, the universe or whatever you want to call it is laughing at you?
First a little background. I live in a very urban area. We do have a few trees and we have several different species of birds that live around here. Most of the birds are small birds like starlings. We also have a few mourning doves. Probably the biggest bird I have seen here in six years are American Crows. They usually have a wingspan of 24 inches or so. I sit on my balcony almost every day so I have been able to observe and get to know what species are flying around me.
I had this amusing coincidence happen to me yesterday...
With free time on my hands I decided to download and read a book by Mark A. Hall entitled Thunderbirds: America's Living Legends of Giant Birds. I only got to read the first sentence which stated: Some very large birds are being sighted in the skies over north America...when I was distracted by my cat. Realizing if I wanted any peace to read my book I needed to placate the cat I set the iPad down and took the kitties out on our balcony for their afternoon sun.
I am sitting on my balcony, minding my own business, when out from the clouds flies one of the biggest birds I have ever seen outside a zoo. My first thought was I was hallucinating! This bird had a wingspan of at least 6 feet. The bird flew behind some buildings and I ran indoors to get my binoculars. The bird had disappeared and I was willing to believe it had been a optical illusion (a crow that somehow had just looked big) when it suddenly took flight from a neighboring rooftop. A crow flew under it and the unidentified bird was easily three times larger. My first thought was that this was probably a lost turkey vulture but I could see through the binoculars it didn't have the distinctive red head. So now I am thinking that it is an immature bald eagle or a migrating golden eagle that is pretty far from where it should be. Neither of those three big birds are usually found here in the middle of the city. I haven't seen one in 6 years of balcony sitting.
Now I am in no way saying I saw a Thunderbird. I am guessing I just saw a big bird that was slumming in my neighborhood for some reason. What really got me about this incident was the sheer coincidence of buying and opening a book on giant birds and then seeing a pretty big out of place bird only minutes later. The joke was on me but even I thought it was funny.edit on 5/25/2011 by angrywhitechick because: Posted before I had finished. Darn twitchy fingers!!