Sometimes you are better off birding at home
As anticipated, today was a wonderful “new” species day with 5 first for 2007s and a Cabbage White (CHECK) butterfly. The second that I walked outside (to head to work) I heard two Red-eyed Vireos signing (CHECK) in the trees across the street. I didn’t want to go to work but knew in 8 more hours that I would be enjoying the birdies again.
Northern Parula way up in the pines.
After work I quickly ran home to feed the kittens and as I was entering the house I heard the “z ze zee zeee ” (upward trill) then “chew” (sneeze like sound)! I have been looking for this colorful bird for two weeks and where do I find this Northern Parula (CHECK)?? Right at my house!! It is around 5pm and up to two lifers, both in my back yard!! After getting things together, I headed out to Allegany State Park to look for more birds! The Yellow Warblers are everywhere…. Both Blue Headed and Red Eyed Vireos are singing … I listen … try looking … grrr, its gone! Probably a new for 2007 and I hate when I find an unidentified warbler!! Grrrr!! Where did it go?? Finally gave up and headed over to France Brook Road.
White-crowned Sparrow avoiding being photographed
France Brook provided more Yellow Warblers and excellent, American Redstart (CHECK)!! I thought I might have heard one singing a few days ago but their song is very tricky! I was exceptionally happy to visually confirm this individual for the official check. While returning to my vehicle I happen to notice a sparrow running across the road. Wasn’t a song sparrow but had to be something good! Hmm, binoculars were in my backpack at this point so I just start shooting with the camera. I typically find this species at my feeder but without a doubt this was my first White-crowned Sparrows (CHECK) for 2007.
This Red Eyed Vireo was photographed last fall.
I got my birding fix and then had to head over to a friend’s house for a quick visit. Once I returned home I realized that my lawn needed to be mowed. My banding assistant got me one of those push mowers (without a motor) for the banding station and so I figured why give it a try. Doesn’t do as nice of a job as the motorized mowers but did a good enough job for me. Lucky I did decide to used the push mower since it allowed me to hear my first Blackburnian Warbler (CHECK) for 2007!! It appears that sometimes we need to stick close to home for those great birds (3 of 5 today)!!
Tomorrow I am heading off with Dragonfly Eye to do some bog exploring. It should be fun finding some great flowers, bugs and birds.