over doors of buildings – is it a coincidence that these are the very
buildings (banks, courthouses
and post offices) where we take
care of our most personal business?
|Dignity on the
old Ft. Worth Post
a state that often gets press for things un-natural; there’s still
a lot of nature to be found in Texas.
Ornithologically-speaking, the Lone Star State is beyond rich.
First, we have the ultimate songster for the state bird. But then
again, something like eight other states claim the Mockingbird.
For the exotic, we’ve got scissor-tailed flycatchers, caracaras,
spoonbills, and blue herons. Let’s hear other states claim those!
has its famed
wild parrots and Corpus
Christi has its air-force of white pelicans. Rockport
has its whooping cranes and every highway overpass between Houston
and San Antonio has
its springtime colony of swifts. Mentone
and Sanderson are
overrun with roadrunners and from Beaumont
Davis, everyone and anyone who can mix sugar and water is treated
to the antics of migrating hummingbirds. Thanks to the people of
and Habitat for Ornithology, bluebirds of happiness migrating through
NE Texas are positively
All of the aforementioned species share two basic traits (except
grackles and seagulls).
They either want to be alone or want to flock together with their
Grackles and seagulls just want to be fed.
the species featured in this particular gallery are different. They
don’t flock together (except on the McLennan
County Courthouse dome) and they don’t want to be fed. They
don’t catch flies or run roads. They are not the subject of birdwatchers
and indeed – (here’s our point) - they are watching us!
Perched over doors of buildings – is it a coincidence that these
are the very buildings (banks, courthouses and post offices) where
we take care of our most personal business?
The unblinking eyes of these sandstone seers, limestone voyeurs
and marble eavesdroppers are in every
county of the state. While a complete census has yet to be made,
we’re beginning an inventory starting with this very page.
First National Bank Building
"...cast stone and a gilded eagle."
Photo courtesy Mike
Price, December 2007
| A watchful eye
on the Federal Courthouse in Austin
| Tradition in
TE photo, July 2003
|Eagle or Winged
Jefferson County's Sub-courthouse in Port
|Sitting on a
fasces - same eagle as above straight on - Port
TE photo, June 2003
Eagle on the Runge, Texas
Former Post Office
TE photo, 2001
look distracted on the Taylor,
Texas Post Office
TE photo, 2005
| Zig Zag Deco
TE photo, 2004