Cardinals were everywhere at Brazos Bend State Park . I was seeing 10-15 at a time. They were in the shrubs, trees, bushes and on the ground. I’m tellin’ you there must have been a flock of 70 birds there. Often I would see movement, only to swing up my bins to see yet another Cardinal. By day 2 of birding the park, I was basically ignoring them-the cardinal sin. (cardinal, sin, get it.. hehehehe.) But you know what they say. “Bird every bird.” That means, do not assume, take for granted or otherwise be a lazy birder. Because you never know. In this case. Ain’t that the truth. I brushed past this guy with a shrug then a little alarm bell went off. “Wait, something is not right!” Turns out, it was So NOT a Cardinal. While it was not a life bird, it was the best look I have ever had of a Vermillion Flycatcher.
I seem to have to re-learn this lesson pretty regularly. I pass it on to you. “Bird Every Bird.”