guiraca (South American name for some bird) caerulea (blue)
Sunday, May 1, 1983 — 8:30 am
Conway, Arkansas — Sperry’s house
This was the first year that work didn’t shut down for the last two weeks of July. This meant I could take my vacation when I wanted to, so I chose May, of course. We decided to visit Sally’s family in Arkansas.
When we arrived on Saturday evening, Art asked me, “Have you ever seen a Blue Grosbeak?” When I answered in the negative, he told me that my luck might be changing because he’d been seeing one daily in the yard.
The next morning when I went outside, I saw one almost immediately. It was perched in a small bush in the backyard, near the porch. It flew to the ground, foraged around a bit, then flew off. Later I saw it on a wire in the backyard, singing.