Through Rose-breasted Grosbeak Glasses

May 5th, 2011 | Meera

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

I spent another lovely day at the bird lab, preparing two Grasshopper sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum) and this Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludivocianus). The whole time I was there I felt calm, happy, useful, and at home.

When I got back I had two voicemails and seventeen emails about various stressful work- and finance-related events, and these things deflated the pleasantly optimistic bubble that forms around me on Thursdays. But looking at this photo, and showing it to you, returns a tiny piece of it.


4 Responses to “Through Rose-breasted Grosbeak Glasses”

  1. David Weber says:

    At first I was dubious that I could see skins, no matter how well preserved, as beautiful or even as precious. But you are winning me over. I saw a live rose-breasted grosbeak on my afternoon walk today, but it didn’t ‘compete’ with your picture. In some ways the bird in the lab is of course better seen than one at a greater distance and in motion. And the careful treatment of the skin is coming to seem a way of honoring the individual bird, the species, and the world of living things as a whole. So I will be fine with the card of the Cooper’s hawk. Thanks for checking.

    • Meera says:

      Honoring these birds is exactly what I feel like I’m doing, David. I’m glad that is how it comes across. I will send you the Cooper’s Hawk postcard with pleasure. Thanks so much for considering the question with such thoughtfulness.

  2. Now that I’m in stasis, I’m excited to follow along!