Sping Animals are Fun to Watch
This time of the year I find myself bombarded with things to write about but very little time to actually do the writing. I will try to focus on some important things instead of every little encounter that I had. Yesterday morning the Eastern Bluebirds were actively singing around my bluebird box and I am soo pleased to have them around. Not sure how I am going to accomplish this but I am currently trying to come up with a plan on getting some video of these guys for the blog. While working on the computer in my office there was a wonderful little song coming through my window. I had to think for a few second “who is this bird” and then it hit me “Brown Creeper”. The Brown Creeper is a common little brown bird which is rarely seen but commonly heard singing in the springtime. I had also heard the drumming of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Yeah, they are back CHECK). They have such an interesting ecological nitch that they fill and I plan on doing a separate blog posting about them in the near future.
After work I had taken a meander through a few of my favorite areas that just last week was snow covered. This Wooly Bear kept me entertained and obviously I am looking for different ways of photographing them. Out on France Brook I observed my first Colt’s Foot that was in bloom.
My usual walk around Red House Lake pulled out a large raft of waterfowl. Some of these ducks include Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, one of the Scaup species, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Mallard, Common Merganser, and Red-breasted Merganser. Other cool birds seen on this walk included the Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vultures and an Osprey flying with a fish in its talons (always have the fish head first).
It had started getting close to sunset and there was a sparrow like song that I just couldn’t point my finger on. It was familiar but then again most songs are familiar to me from listening to the tapes. It appears that every year we need to relearn all of the bird songs or maybe my memory just is horrible. My mind started going into overdrive (reviewing all possible birds) and then it hit me, duh “Fox Sparrow”. Ooo cool, Fox Sparrows are still around ……. so down I go into the Maintenance Area (with the possibility of photographing a few). There were 20 or so of these birds kicking on the ground for seeds, some were singing in the trees and I was amazed because I have never heard this species be so vocal before. I did get a few pictures but wasn’t light enough (or close enough) to really tell that they were fox sparrows (hmm maybe a good future birdquiz picture??). I continued to watch these guys for quite a while and they kept moving around (but I kept on following). Suddenly all of the fox sparrows stopped singing and as I looked up the all were taking off on their migration north. But there weren’t 20 birds there; it had to have been 40 or 50 birds flying away. It was truly an amazing thing to whiteness and I have only witnessed this (but with other species) once before. I wanted to get a radar image of the evening bird migration in WNY (because it should have been good showing movement) but never got around to downloading the clip (sorry).
Obviously I had a fun day enjoying the sights and sounds of nature here in Allegany State Park. I only wish I had more time to get into “more” details on each and every species that I encounter.