Last weekend we visited the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for their Fiber Art exhibit and, as we always, we tried to fit in a little birding too.
ruby crowned kinglet
There were a good many people here for the art show, rowdy boy scouts running through the trails, and many, many couples (it was Valentine's Day)...we were actually surprised we saw as many birds as we did including a rare, for Louisiana winter, buff-bellied hummingbird!
buff bellied hummingbird
We took our time and sat at many of the feeding stations throughout the park and even with two giggly babies, we saw plenty of activity...until every person that passed, stopped and walked up to the feeders (where birds, moments before took off). They would look, shrug and walk off...one lady, hands on her hips, about 12" from an empty feeder, yelled "I never see any birds!" Within three minutes of her departure the feeder was full with birds again.
We laughed but felt a bit sad so many people live human-centric lives and forget there is a big, big multi-species world all around us. Quiet and patience brings a hidden world right to your feet. We shrugged too and said "at least they came today"