A Hungarian immigrant who speaks several languages, I am a birder (birdwatcher to you laymen), in Los Angeles. I spent years working the weekends in a local emergency room, where I x-rayed rude drunk people, kids who fell off their bikes, and people who have had heart attacks. You will never catch me without my binoculars, a Swiss Army Knife, compass, and a flashlight. When I'm not birding, I write fiction.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Common Redpoll in San Diego County (of all places)
Zsezse San Diego Megyeben
At 11:55 a.m. today, I was baking chicken for my kids while doing the dishes. Little did I suspect that 3 hours later I would be in Julian, a quaint tourist trap in the mountains of rural San Diego County, staring at a Common Redpoll.
Then the phone rang. After my friend told me about the Redpoll being found at the parking lot bird feeders of a bird feeder store in downtown Julian I yelled at my kids, "ROAD TRIP!!!"
Ennye, ennye, Zsezse. Neked a Hortobágyon kellene lenned!
The usual crowd of birders were standing the The Birdwatcher's parking lot when we pulled to a stop, and parked.
After admiring the bird for an hour, I went inside their shop, and bought some gifts for a couple of friends who are birders. My way of expressing my appreciation.Wow, I didn't expect to get a life bird this weekend. Certainly not a Redpoll this far south.