Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Veery Strange Sound In The Woods

The Veery is a thrush that can be heard deep in the woods throughout the spring and summer. They have a subtle appearance but there is no mistaking their unique call. If you ever played video games back in the arcade days you might recognize their call as the ending sound of Pac-Man. 

Listen for yourself:
End of Pac-Man game sound
Compare to sound of Veery

Okay, maybe not an exact match but I think you can see where I'm coming from!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

I Almost Forgot I Had A Camera

 It was one of those magical spring migration days at Machimoodus Park. The air was crystal clear and birds were dripping from every tree. We saw 55 different species in a matter of a a couple of hours.  
 I was too busy looking up in the tree tops to bother taking my camera out but always make an exception for an owl. This Barred Owl flew off before I could catch him in the open but I was happy enough just to see him.
There are several species of warbler that I can expect to see every year but the Cerulean Warbler is not one of those. It's a lucky day when I get to hear one of these and even luckier to get a good look at one. These tiny birds stay high in the tree tops and are constantly bouncing from one branch to another. 

On Days like this I wish there was 2 of me. One to watch birds through binoculars and one to take pictures!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Birds Are Like Money Falling From The Sky

 It started with a catbird about a week ago. He was calling from the tangles seemingly warning me that many migrants are heading are way. I will see hundreds of catbirds this year. If truth be told, I'll grow a little tired of hearing their scrambled squawking by the end of summer. There's nothing like the first one of the year in early morning light.
 Birds are everywhere in May. I'm looking up in the trees trying to find orioles while Wood Thrushes are singing their beautiful songs deep in the woods.
 You can't even ignore the mud puddles because their might see a little peep wading around. 
 As I traveled along a steep trail their were yellow Warblers protecting their bushes every 20 feet. I was so wound up about the birds I was finding that I didn't get around to tying my hiking boots until I walked through a mud puddle and had the laces slap mud on the back of my pants.
My head was spinning form all the birds I was hearing and seeing. It was almost like having money falling from the sky and desperately trying to pick up the bills before they blew away. 

Maybe this frog has the right idea. Just sit still in one place and watch everything that's going on from your hiding spot.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Biking For Birds And Avoiding Cars

 I found my old bike buried in the garage and decided to pump up the tires and take it for a ride. Of course, I had to bring my binoculars and camera too! It's amazing how much ground you can cover in a short time when you're on a bike!

I know that these days they say bikes have the right of way versus cars but I'm not buying it. A car doesn't care what the law is and a bike is no match for a car. I ride like I did in my younger years.  Avoid cars and give pedestrians the right of way. I get off the bike and walk whenever necessary.
 When you're on a bike it seems you can sort of sneak up on birds and catch them off guard.
You can check out hidden areas that you can't reach with a car and  are too out of the way to bother walking to.
This one reminds me of that girl in the movie Titanic riding on the front of the ship!
 I can't seem to avoid vultures though. I hope they're not following me.