Birds begin singing each morning a little before sunup. Right now, they are beginning their tunes when I head out on my walk along Wildcat Boulevard.

Birds begin singing each morning a little before sunup. Right now, they are beginning their  tunes when I head out on my walk along Wildcat Boulevard.
I begin to see and hear nighthawks as I pass by the Neosho High School Field House. They escort me until I get down to the tennis courts nearly a half mile away.
Nighthawks make a raspy call as they swoop through the air snatching bugs. I have seen one sitting on the ground, which is rare. They mostly swoop, eat bugs, and sing as I walk along.
Crows and starlings abound on the parking lot north of the school. They are in search of any morsels of food that may have been dropped by the young people who meet there in the evenings. Crows seem to like pizza best, but I have noticed lately they also enjoy dining on French fries.
The other morning a scissor-tailed fly catcher was chasing a crow by the Neosho High School Gymnasium. I don’t know what the crow had done, but the fly catcher was not happy about the situation  and “put the run” on the crow.
One morning a small black car came racing down Senior Hill without its lights on. It was still dark, and I could hear but not see the car as it approached. It is dangerous to run around without lights in the dark. Perhaps the driver had good night vision.
I had on a new reflective vest so I would be seen, but it was of no value if the driver does not have on his lights.
One morning there were three police cars in the parking lot as I walked by. The policemen were talking to some of the youngsters who had gathered there. I couldn’t hear what anyone was saying, but they seemed to be conversing in quiet tones.
I recently noticed that some county fairs this year are having half-car races. The cars are front wheel drive and are cut in two so the back end drags on the ground. The back has skids under the cut-off body. Most of the racing half cars are old vans or SUVs.
County fairs seem to bring out the racing and smashing desire of those who attend. A few years ago demolition derbies with self-propelled combines was popular.
Because of the wide spread, twenty-four hour news coverage, we hear about bear attacks and other such things we would never know about 50 years ago. I recently saw that a deer in southern France was attacking people. I thought deer were passive animals.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has stirred up the human population of northeast Oklahoma by proposing a single bridge to replace Twin Bridges.
Take a walk, use those signal lights, don’t start cutting your car in half, watch out for angry deer, pay attention to the birds, and see what else you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.


 

Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.