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# Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I just had a remarkable experience (hence I'm remarking on it :) ).  At work, I park way out at the edge of our parking lot, which backs up against some undeveloped land.  I do it because I figure I gotta get some exercise somehow, but today I got an unexpected and delightful surprise.

As I was sitting there in my truck, finishing my yogurt and rosary, I took note of a group of red-breasted robins hopping around.  Robins are cute, but I don't find them remarkable in themselves.  But then I saw a male cardinal.  I think those are one of the most beautiful common birds with their striking red feathers.  So I was enjoying watching it, musing about its etymology, as one, two, then three blue jays flitted into view, which is another beautiful bird in my book. 

At this point I was thinking, wow, this is really cool.  Then a squirrel showed up and started chasing one of the robins around; I guess the bird snatched something he had his eye on.  I see squirrels all the time around here, so that wasn't particularly notable in itself, but it was just like slapping on extra gravy to the full on wildlife experience I was getting.  At this point, I was feeling like St. Francis. :)

But it didn't stop there!  I looked to my left, where a robin was eyeing me suspiciously, and something else caught my eye, flitting around on the ground.  When it paused to take a breath, I realized I was looking at a chipmunk!  Talk about brother sun, sister moon!  I don't think I've seen a chipmunk in the wild before.  Cute little boogers.

So I finished my stuff and was just about to step out of the truck when an iridescent black bird swooped in to roost right in front of my truck.  Icing on the cake, my friend.  Robins, cardinals, blue jays, a blackbird, a squirrel, and a chipmunk--right there around me all together.  Who needs a zoo!?

Now, nobody better start parking out there with me after reading this!  (For those of you not from around here, yes, this really happened--in New Jersey!)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:14:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 12:04:49 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Yeah that is one thing I miss about the Princeton area. The spring and summer time up there is just awesome for seeing various wildlife. I loved driving the backroads to work (Plainsboro to Piscataway) just to see the wildlife. The various birds, deer and anything else that would come out the woods for a look at the crazy humans. :)

However, not even that beauty could keep me there through another winter, so I am back in sunny FL. :)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 1:07:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Travel up a little farther, up to the Northwestern part of NJ, where I live, and you regularly see bear, fox, and wild turkey (not the drink, the bird). Almost makes up for all the taxes we have to pay to live in NJ.

But, we are not supposed to be talking about this in public. Jersey is already overpopulated, and we don't want the others to find out that it is actually a decent place to live. We are suppose to promote the idea of NJ as an industrial wasteland. Keeps the others from wanted to move here and drive up our taxes even more.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:50:14 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Ace Ventura was around, for sure.
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