Birds in Transit

Last week while taking the day off before Thanksgiving I visited the Tracy Transit Station.

The Tracy Transit Station has some nice Civic Art. I took a few pictures with the expectation that I would go back on a day with better lighting to take more. However, tonight I couldn’t get this set of images out of my mind, so I had to share them.

Rufus Hummingbird, Birds in Transit, Civic Art, Tracy Transit StationThese vinyl graphics make up Birds in Transit by Anne M. Klint who is a local artist. All of the birds shown are migratory birds that transit through the San Joaquin Valley every year.

Shown above is a rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus). Obviously you cannot see how this hummingbird got the name rufous as the rust red colored head does not show up in a black vinyl image 🙂

Birds in Transit, Migratory Birds, Tracy Transit Station, San Joaquin Valley, Tree SwallowsHere we have a flock of tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). I enjoy seeing these birds when they fly through as you sometimes see large flocks flying in formation. I remember one night watching them swarm around the steeple of a nearby church building.

In this picture I like the way that the artist took advantage of the bar in the window for two of the birds to perch on.Birds in Transit, Tracy Transit Station, snowy egretHere we have three snowy egrets (Egretta thula). I posted a picture that I took of a snowy egret in Uruguay in my post More Birds. Perhaps that same egret has flown over my house here in California.

Anne M. Klint, Tracy Transit Station, Calidris minutilla, least sandpiperHere we have the least sandpiper (Calidris minutilla). This bird also spends most of the time in South America and migrates north for breeding.

Tracy Transit Station, Tracy, California, Harvest of ProgressBirds in Transit is displayed inside the City of Tracy Transit Station. There are also some very interesting art projects outside the station. The one shown above is in a traffic circle in front of the station. For more about this gigantic sculpture see my post Harvest of Progress.


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5 Responses to Birds in Transit

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Gasp, what a beautiful installation. I especially swooned over the Swallows. We had them next in bird houses in our garden at the lake. Every year, they’d return. Thanks for sharing Steven

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    Very interesting …

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