Welcome back everyone! As mentioned previously, this is dog show weekend so I have an unusual amount of extra downtime to crank out some posts. Since this blog started as an observation on life I thought I’d begin with a funny experience from this morning. I was standing in a pee zone (as I like to call it) waiting for my mother-in-law’s dog to get his business done before rejoining Linda inside the event building. At the same time a lady gets in her car to exit the parking lot. To better describe the setting, there were a number of cars parked in two rows – one row aligned with her and one behind her. The lucky thing for her is she could have backed out straight, missed all cars behind her and been on the road in about 5 seconds. Instead she cuts it sharp out of the space into the small lane between the rows. Of course, that was too short for the vehicle so the next 2 minutes were spent inching out, turning, going forward, inching some more out, repeat a painful number of times. From an observation perspective, that was entertaining, but the real reason I’m relaying this story is a lady came up behind me and quite loudly proceeds to ask; “Why didn’t she just back out?”, “Why would she do that?”, “I’ll feel bad if she hits that car” (by that time the driver was less than a foot from another car). Trying to aid in the situation I tried to give her a visual sign she had plenty of space to come forward and complete the final turn. When I did that, the quizzical lady gets a stunned look on her face and goes “Tell me that’s not your wife!?!” I hesitated because I was holding back a laugh she mistakenly took as a reluctance to say yes it is. This prompted another hopeful plea that it wasn’t my wife. I let her off the hook, but the look on her face when she realized that she may not have probably read the scenario was priceless.
Sorry for that long intro, but it’s nice to get back to my observation roots. During the previous Crane post it was mentioned that there were other wildlife trips just waiting to get attention. Before I can get to those I needed to finish up some pending posts like this one from Ft Myers.
I’ve already jumped the gun a few times on the fruits of that quick Florida trip (link here, here and here). Each of those posts produced +1’s for my Birding Life List. Three new ones is always good for a trip, but the Ft. Myers Lagoon exceeded expectations.
Hit the jump to see more about this bird… and maybe another surprise one!