The Adventure to Ripley
We had a wonder time heading out to the Ripley Hawk Watch. In my previous post I talked about the many hawks we observed while on this trip. Overall we had 46ish species of birds, 5 first for 2007’s and one lifer on this trip! We started off this trip with some Barn Swallows under the highway bridge (CHECK, first for 2007). In this one town heading out to Ripley, the leader (who was in the car ahead of ours) had turned his vehicle around and started heading back the direction we were coming from. Then he pulled right up to someone’s house (it was trash day) and we thought he was interested in a TV that was out in the front lawn!! He was interested in their TV’s but the big feathery kind. He had observed a whole group of Turkey Vultures on top of someone’s house. The people at the Hawk Watch stated that the individual who owns the house is unable to sell it because the vultures are scaring off all potential buyers! I wonder what is so interesting with this one house that the Turkey Vultures??
The other first for 2007’s included a Brown Thrasher (CHECK) singing at the Hawk Watch site. In my previous post I had mentioned the Broad-winged Hawk (CHECK) and Northern Harrier (CHECK). While leaving Ripley we made a quick stop over to one of the marinas along Lake Erie. There were many Caspian Terns (CHECK) fishing which included me photographing them diving directly into the water (that was ace watching).
Without a doubt the highlight for my day was the lifer that I got called a Western Meadowlark (CHECK). This species looks identical to the Eastern Meadowlark but you can tell the difference by listening to the song that it sings. The video below is facing the ground (microphone facing the bird) so that I could get the best recording I could of it! I could upload a picture of the bird but it was a speck some distance away (will spare everyone and only play the song that I captured).
I also really enjoyed playing with one of the neighbors dogs (at the hawk watch) that kept on wanting me to play fetch with it. Thought everyone would enjoy seeing the happy dog!!
Happy Earth Day