|Dusky Seaside Sparrow- Declared EXTINCT in 1990.|
It was a lovely day. The Indian grass almost looked like stalks of wheat against a gorgeous blue sky and our small group gingerly walked in the thick grass with great purpose, placing the gathered seeds into our cases, with the soft sunshine shining down upon us, and a cool breeze blowing through the field. We did this for almost four hours but I had no sense of time. Now and then, a very large moth would quickly fly about and it looked so much like a hummingbird that it made me shake my head in wonder. I thought it must be some kind of moth, and I learned from a blog from Scotland, of all places, that it was a hummingbird hawk moth! (I say "of all places" because I understand they don't even have them in Scotland.) The things that we learn from blogs! I love it! Thanks, Bob from blueskyscotland!
Charlie Muize, the IBA co-coordinator, was our leader for this volunteer grass seed collection. It was wonderful to hear his knowledge of birds and of this "Power of Flight" area. At the end of the day, he asked us did we know why we were collecting these seeds and we all said, almost at the same time together, "for the birds".