100 ATRO: #96 Weird Birds

In case you don’t know, “1000 ATRO” stands for “1000 Awesome Things Rip-Off,” an idea I, well, totally ripped off from this guy.

I’ve written about this before, but one of the great things about living out west is all the weird and cool birds.

In New Jersey and New York, most animals are brown and gray.  It’s a woodland area so that makes sense.  Except for aggressive cardinals and blue jays, rabbits, deer, groundhogs, and, birds need to blend in to hide from predators.

But out here, I’m guessing because of the weather, the birds are much brighter and more varied.  Back home I’d see robins, crows, sparrows, pigeons, and an occasional egret out in the swamps of Secaucas, but here you drive ten minutes outside the city and you see hummingbirds, quail, hawks, and who knows what else.

Even walking from my area to Fillmore Street, I’ve seen hummingbirds in mid-flight over hedges full of flowers.  Whenever my SF pal and I go to the Golden Gate Park area, we see some strange and wonderful feathered friends.

I should get a book and learn how to identify them.  Someday.

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