Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't Ya Hate It When This Happens?

I was birding in the riparian forest at Hornsby Bend (see previous post here). I was there to create a daylist for the GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count) - which actually did just take place this Feb. 13-16th.

Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
Image online here

Zounds! There were sounds in this dream! Yet another first for my entire dreambirding "career". I heard two or three different call notes from warblers high up in the Pecan trees. One call was clearly an Orange-crowned Warbler. Another remained unidentified, while the last turned out to be a male Black-throated Green Warbler.

Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens) - adult male
Image online here

Just then, Rob Fergus showed up - "The Birdchaser" himself!  He and I were active in the Austin birding community when he and his family lived here... but I digress. We chatted for a bit as we were always wont to do. We then walked back to our cars. Except, mine was not there any more!?!

Rob, being the generous guy he is, gave me a ride home; and stuck around for a while in case I needed further help. Thanks Rob! Almost immediately after arriving, I got a phone call on the landline. It was the couple who stole my car! They were in great spirits - even sounding amused. They very casually asked a $25,000 ransom for my car. This is exquisitely hilarious if you've seen my trusty little ruby-red '93 Geo Prizm - only 150k miles.

In the dream, I was not in good humor about any of this and I verbally unloaded on these miscreants. Sorry you had to witness that side of me Rob. Next thing I know my car is in the driveway. Whatever works sometimes, eh?


birdchaser said...

Funny! You sure this didn't really happen? Sounds so familiar!

J. Kyron Hanson said...

You maybe right. If the dream had involved one or both of us losing our keys, then it would have been more a memory than a dream... lol.

dguzman said...

I've never HEARD birds in my bird dreams -- you're like a dream virtuoso! You could even ID the calls! Impressive.


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