On Wednesday morning I saw a bird that is not supposed to be in this area: a Crested Caracara. It was along Hwy 101, about 12 miles south of the Oregon border, sharing road kill with some crows. When I saw it I didn’t know what it was, so a friend directed me to www.whatbird.com where I finally found it. It is not a migratory bird, and its range appears to be Central and South America, though it does show up in Florida (where it is endangered) and southern areas of Arizona. All I can figure is that this bird was blown north by the storms we have been having.
I notice birds, but am not a bird watcher. So when a bird really makes me take notice, I find myself wondering if it is bringing me a message. Many of the online sites talk about how this is the national bird of Mexico, and that it features in folklore, but none of them talked about a meaning associated with the bird. I did finally find this blog: http://retiredeagle.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/crested-caracara-a-sign-of-dark-times-to-come-the-nigredo/ . Robert G. Longpre writes about his photography through a Jungian lens, and in thinking about the Crested Caracara he suggests the bird might be about “coming to terms with all we have ever denied about ourselves.” Interesting. I wonder if the appearance of the bird has anything to do with my Mercury retrograde transit? Things to ponder . . .
PS I saw the bird again on September 6th (2011), taking care of road kill along Hwy 101, just north of the Dr. Fine Bridge, Smith River CA.