I dream every night. I dream in color and I am always participatory in my dreams, like I am in real life, seeing things going on around me from my perspective. I am almost always adventuring in my dreams. And I dream of birds. Not birds that actually exist, but made-up birds. My subconscious is creative, weaving stories and pictures and creating its own life list! Now, I don’t always remember them, especially if I am startled out of sleep. But most of the time, I do remember. I write them down, and sometimes, I create art from these dreams!
Last night The perching bird looked like a Caracara but was hot pink in color, with black stripes, a white face and a lime green lore. It looked like it just got back from being in the 1980’s. I felt frustrated because the only optic I had with me was a wide-angle. (Now that would never happen in real life!). A flock of orange and black seagulls were being led by an airplane towing a house. I said “they are teaching them to fly home” as we all covered our heads to avoid droppings. Walking up the stairs in the same dream, a guy behind me got hit on the head with something. “A rat skull” he said. “A raptor must be on the roof!” I said. And like that, the adventure was over, morning had arrived and the real birds began their songs outside my bedroom window.
Fall Migration is starting to heat up here in South Florida. Birders are all excited about a Canada Warbler that has been spotted in both Evergreen Cemetery and Richardson Park, two birding hot spots. I wish I had the time this week to go chase this migratory bird, but alas, it may be one that I miss out on. I did manage to snag a sighting of a Worm-eating Warbler this past weekend at Tall Cypress Nature Reserve, a bird that had eluded me during Spring Migration. I also added both the Veery and the Scarlet Tanager to my Life List, which currently stands at 313. I also got my best image so far of a Eastern Wood-Pewee, which I saw for the first time last fall in Arkansas. What will the next birdy outing yield? Time to put on the bins and go find out!