The Best Thing I Saw All Week
My family and I were in Park City, Utah the past week enjoying a long-planned if (suddenly) ill-timed vacation with good friends from California. One day, driving aimlessly to keep Farrah Star asleep in the backseat, I turned into a parking lot instead of onto a road. (I should be the one asleep in the backseat.) As I pulled in I noticed a bird hopping backwards on the driveway. BIRDER4LIFE, I parked and got my camera poised. I only travel with my 128mm so pardon the loss of clarity, but check this out – a black-billed magpie battling a snake:
The snake knew it was in trouble so it darted for the curb and the cover of grass.
It never stood a chance, poor bastard. The bird caught it in its beak and give it a sound smack on the cement, wounding it enough to be carried away but alive enough to remain delicious.
The post-Madison birder in me was thrilled to capture such a battle. Felt like home.
Did you see something this week you’d never seen before? I’d love to hear about it. It does not have to bird-related. I also enjoy stories about eating too much candy.