If this doesn't convince folks to pick up after their pets, I don't know what will. Eeeew.
I'm linking up with this week's Signs, Signs, "a weekly meme of interesting, funny, ridiculous and unexplainable signs".
The sign and other photographs in this post were all taken at McAllister Park in San Antonio. A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the Texas Hill Country for a group hike. After four hours at Enchanted Rock, I was driving home and decided the day was too beautiful to waste. Mid-afternoon may not be prime birding time, but it's rare to not find any birds. If they didn't want to pose, I could find something else to photograph. I picked a spot on the Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail and made a pit stop.
In spite of being a little weary from my morning hike, I found myself wandering at least another four miles along the park's trails. They were very wooded and didn't feel like a city park at all. The playgrounds and soccer fields were crowded, but I only passed the occasional jogger or walker otherwise.
I noticed something about the people in this park. Other places, people chase my birds away. Here, they waited quietly until I got my photograph. Then they proceeded down the trail without having frightened my subject or put themselves into the frame. What a very pleasant surprise.
The Northern Cardinals were happy to be photographed. They seem to be active all day. I'm not sure if there are more of them, or if they are easier to find with their bright colors and constant vocalizing.
I was reading a Facebook page for rare bird sightings and was surprised to see much excitement about a Cardinal found in Canada. It's easy to forget that the birds I see every day are not so ordinary to others. It's sad to read of the debate over whether it was an escaped caged bird or had migrated on it's own. People cage these birds? If it's not criminal (it is here in Texas), it should be.
The males get all of the attention, but I think the female is quite lovely.
There were quite a few kites flying in the empty soccer fields. I found Nemo!
Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail - East
Date of visit: March 16, 2014
Time of day: Mid-Late Afternoon
Temp: 65 deg F
Conditions: Sunny with occasional wind gusts
Species Identified (5): Northern Cardinal, Great-tailed Grackle, American Goldfinch, Black Vulture, Carolina Chickadee