Hide and Bird Seek
I have dishes to clean, laundry to do, cat fur to vacuum up, etc . . . . but after dinner I craved the need to find warblers! Who doesn’t have a bazillion of things to do at home?? But, I couldn’t help heading over to Allegany State Park to seek out some birdies (You shocked?). Within the first few minutes of walking along the bike path I heard a Red-Eyed Vireo calling!! The little red eyed freak wouldn’t show itself but did get a quick glimpse of a Magnolia Warbler. I finally gave up looking and continued walking along the path. “Shhhhh, their is a bigger bird in the dogwood”!! I use my bird squeaker that I keep on my camera and what pops up but a Rose-breased Grosbeak!! Hey, I have not seen these guys in a few weeks! “What Up”?? That was enough to scatter not the one but probably 10 Grosbeaks in their! Nope, make that 9 . . . . one of them is a Gray Catbird.
In the background you can hear the Pine Warbler up in the trees but will it show itself?? Doubt it!! They never show themselves!! So . . . . I focus my energy on the dogwoods! Wait . . . . are those bluebirds calling?? As I approach I see maybe 6 Bluebirds darting in and out of the dogwoods.
They might be brightly colored but these Bluebirds are still hard to find among the thick leaves and blue dogwood berries. I am looking hard to find the best angle to take their picture and suddenly this bright yellow bird pops up. No kidding, this all happened within seconds and I just started shooting! Three pictures and away its goes. Looking on my D70s screen my first thought was Hooded Warbler (did I mention I didn’t bring my binocs?)! Looking at the picture at home now makes me think maybe a Wilson Warbler?? Should I post this on birdQUIZ to see what others think?? Anyone want to give this a try??
More action in the dogwoods and I have no idea where to look (or point my camera)! I hear them in the shrubs but they will not show themselves? Then this little warbler darts out of the dogwoods and fly into the pines! I hear the Pine Warbler in the background . . . . could this be?? Nope, just a Butterbutt! These guys are always in the dogwoods, should have known!
OK, now it’s starting to get fun! Birds are everywhere around me and trust me, it gets better! I see a bright yellow bird and nope it isn’t that confusing Wilsonia species!!! It’s like 3 times the size of that bird.
O MY GOODNESS! Sweet Scarlet Tanager . . . . let me saver this moment!
A point comes in your life where you need to make the decision to never move from this amazing birding spot or move on!! I did finally make that decision and figured it was going to get dark soon. I continued my walk around the lake and who knows what else I might find? Right? I get to the other side of the lake and hear a bunch of Crows cawing! I am looking around for a hawk or maybe an Owl! All I can find are Bluebirds and did I mention Bluebirds? There had to be around 15 Bluebirds flying and calling! Thanks for the heads up Crows! I looked in the “White Pine” where many of these Bluebirds were flying from!
I happen to see some yellowish colored birds flittering around (hmm, that’s not a Bluebird)! I am thinking they are Blackpolls or Bay-breasted Warblerish birds like what I was seeing last Monday! I take a few quick photos (I would figure it out later) and then took off looking for all those bluebirds!!
You guessed it . . . . these Pine Warblers (three of them were up their) were not calling but feeding!! How cool was that I did ended up photographing these guys after all?? I can’t wait to see what birds cross my path tomorrow but I think I will bring my binoculars with me this time!