Time to fly
Pictures of our deck at home, courtesy of our housesitter Al
Exploring the beach at Alvor on the southern coast of Portugal — only at low tide!
Along the road outside Odiaxere. Storks are protected in Portugal. It’s against the law to demolish or disturb a stork’s nest. Farmers appreciate them for keeping the number of parasites down in their fields and consider them good omens. So do we.
Storks are voiceless, but they clatter their bills when they’re excited, the speed of their chatter growing louder as it lasts and changing rhythm to fit the situation. See a wonderful video of chattering at The Birders Store. As another means of communication, a stork may throw back its head, until its crown rests on its back.
Serially monogamous, storks sometimes inhabit the same nest for years, with older storks in better nests at the center and younger pairs in new ones not too far away. Both parents tend the nests, incubate eggs, and forage food to raise their brood.
The storks began to fly
Five in the air at once

One day we will return to the truth of the spirit as revealed in the eyes or the voice. ~Joy Harjo, US poet laureate