Did you know that the roadrunner is actually in the cuckoo family? How about there is a duck that likes to sit in a tree? What about a bird that is bright blue, red, green and yellow and looks like a child painted it? Did you know that the fastest bird in the world can fly up to 175 miles per hour? Did you know you can find all these birds in the Coastal Bend?

Birds are fascinating creatures. They come as small as your thumb and as big as an ostrich. We have lots and lots of birds that come to Corpus Christi, so if you are interested in birds, you live in a great place. We were named the birdiest city in the United States for the past five or six years.

Birders come from all over the United States and the world just to check out the birds we have coming through or living here. I'm getting into birds now and should put a bumper sticker on my van saying that I stop to look at birds. I have a pair of binoculars and a birding book in my van. I no longer read the billboards when I'm driving, but I look for birds on posts and flying.

We are going to be having a series of programs in the library about birding, so if you are interested, come on Saturdays at 2 p.m. during March and the first part of April.

We had a Swainson's hawk come visit us Saturday and it was loads of fun. The kids and parents really liked seeing a real live raptor. Cleo was a very well behaved lady. Thank you to the International Hawk Watch, Flint Hills, Joel Simmon and the Texas State Aquarium for a close up look at one of nature's beauties. We learned about slicing and rousting. Come ask me the meaning of those two.

Remember that we will have our p.j. story times on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and our family story times on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.