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Birdie Blog

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Me, Tina (birdie), Vicki

(front row) Trish, Brenda, Tammy (birdie)

By: Pat Coate

I had the good fortune to spend May13-16th in Pinehurst, NC with some  very good friends on an awesome golf getaway weekend. I promised anyone scoring a birdie (one under par) a place on the ‘birdie’ blog. Well, between us we played 23 rounds of golf and managed two birdies – kudos to Tammy and Tina. The other type of birdies were in much more abundance…

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Northern Mockingbird

There were cardinals, blue jays and mockingbirds everywhere. Though mockingbirds do make it to WNY, I personally don’t see them here too often. So I really enjoyed seeing and hearing them in NC – and they sang endlessly and were easy to see perched in the highest part of the tree. They also were very aggressive, at various points seen harassing a cat and an unidentified hawk that ventured into their territory. We saw a lot of aggressive bird behavior, including blue jays mobbing and chasing off a pair of red-tailed hawks and a pair of hairy woodpeckers harassing a starling.

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Northern Mockingbird

The bird in this picture isn’t singing. I think it sang too much, overheated and was trying to cool down.   They really do sing incessantly.

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Eastern Towhee (female)

Another prevalent bird was the Eastern Towhee. These are fairly common in WNY but the NC birds were much more cooperative and I was able to get much better looks at these ones.

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Eastern Towhee (female)

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5 responses

  1. Glad you had a nice get-away! Love the birdie shots – all of them. Don’t see Towhees too often! Mockingbirds anymore, either, now that I’m further north.

    3 June 2010 at 5:05 pm

  2. Nice Towhee photos! Our extremely-similar Spotted Towhees here in the west are difficult to photograph, as they prefer to hang out in dense underbrush.

    4 June 2010 at 12:02 pm

  3. I don’t golf but find golf courses are pretty good birding spots. Nice photos!

    4 June 2010 at 4:16 pm

  4. Grace

    I’ve heard a towhee in my orchard recently, but haven’t spotted it yet.

    5 June 2010 at 12:17 pm

  5. Lynda

    Beautiful shots Pat! I love the coloring of the Towhee.

    7 June 2010 at 10:58 pm

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