Friday, February 25, 2011
We went out for lunch at Pop's Sunset Grille after our usual morning beach walk. Although you miss the sunset if you go for lunch, it is a very pleasant spot to sit along the Intracoastal Waterway, drink some ice tea and watch the boats go by. Then we went down to the North Jetty and sat by the water to read and watch the dolphins cruising back and forth.
I know that it is definitely spring because the various black birds are flying around with mouthfuls of materials for nest building. One was stealing some of that cypress mulch that was just put down.
They (the black birds) are all twitterpated as Thumber, I believe it was, said (the movie, Bambi). The males are swaggering around with their tails fanned out and their wings extended, doing that "ooo, baby, look at me" dance that they think is so irresistible. The females are all hopping around pretending that they just could not care, but then you notice the furtive little glances eventually melting into those come-hither stares.
I did watch one male really up the ante on these antics--performing his mating choreography on a telephone wire. The female object of this affection actually looked impressed out and out. I shouted, "He's a show-off !" but they both ignored me.