I am likely packing a van or just on the road as you read this. Two out of my three college kiddos are headed to school this weekend. Wouldn't it be nice if they went to schools in relatively the same direction as the four-hour drive from home? Sigh.
Hamish and I teamed up to find a bird for Christie who is hosting our round-up today.
Thank you, Wondering and Wandering!
The bird we found is the oxpecker. I had never heard of this bird before and the name kinda made Hamish giggle.
|Red Oxpecker. Botswana. Unsplash|
As it turns out there are two types of oxpecker in Africa, the Red Bill of the Sub-Saharan and western region (think Senegal to Botswana) and the Yellow Bill of the east (Ethiopia). It was really fun finding facts about these birds that eat the ticks, larvae, flies, and even blood from wounds on cattle and oxen that led to the poem below.
|(c) Linda Mitchell. Na naga Jam! means hello. Inideti aderiki means good morning.|
|Ox and Oxpecker collage by Linda August 21|