|2 May 2014
In Miyoko Chu's book Songbird Journeys, she
describes how birds migrating across the Gulf may burn their entire store of body fat in
order to generate energy. If they have not yet reached the coast, the bird will then
burn muscle mass.
I saw the rigors of migration first-hand today.
As I sat at Rose Ann's water feature, an Eastern Kingbird fluttered in and landed
on the ground. It made several attempts to fly up and perch on a twig. But it
was too exhasted, too weak to stand. So back down it came and onto a log. For
an hour or more it sat only a few feet from me.
This bird had made it. Just barely.