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…
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.
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.
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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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
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
I don’t golf but find golf courses are pretty good birding spots. Nice photos!
4 June 2010 at 4:16 pm
I’ve heard a towhee in my orchard recently, but haven’t spotted it yet.
5 June 2010 at 12:17 pm
Beautiful shots Pat! I love the coloring of the Towhee.
7 June 2010 at 10:58 pm