Monday, February 24, 2020

Birds Soaking Up The Sun At Machimoodus

 I went to one of my favorite spots this weekend, Machimoodus Park. It is a great place to go birding because you have the comfort of wide, flat, dry trails with a great variety of inland habitat.
 I knew it was going to be a good morning when I found a tree filled with 20 Blue Jays sunning themselves. There were also about 20 people walking their dogs.

 I notice that when there is a band of Blue Jays one stays at the very top to keep a look out for the rest.
 There was a host of White-throated Sparrows in a tangled bush that were also sunning themselves. We were on the same page because I was standing still and could feel the heat rising off the rocky soil as the sun was beating down. It raised the surrounding temperature by at least 10 degrees.
 Male cardinals get most of the attention but the female cardinal has a more subtle appearance that I think is underrated.
How can I ignore the bluebirds? They have thrived in this park for the last 20 years. 

I think birds and humans have some things in common. Birds seem to be more bold when they are in groups with  big numbers just like people. Birds also wake up thinking about food and love to find a nice place to warm up in the winter as do people. When we go to the park they are looking at us just as we are looking at them, just for different reasons.

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