Friday, May 22, 2009

Birds on a Friday in May

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) watches the blue-winged warbler, Hopewell



Grape (Vitis sp.) awakened by the common yellow throat, Sourland Mountain



Scarlet tanager sings to the wild yamroot (Dioscorea villosa) and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrosticroides), Sourland Mountain



Prothonotary warbler song & Liquidambar styraciflua leaf, Conagaree Floodplain


I saw a waterthrush today. A plump, long-legged and orange-legged bird with a rear-end that is always bumping up and down. He or she was picking along the brook. Tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeak, towhees, veeries, orioles, catbirds, grackles, crows, pewee, white-eyed vireo (1), hooded warbler (1), downy or hairy woodpecker, mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, chipping sparrows (one with nesting material - two blades of dry grass), robins, jays,waxwing (dozens!), common yellow-throat... all very noisy.

On Monday, the bluebird drove the great crested flycatcher away from the empty kestral box and the occupied bluebird box. We built and placed a box for the flycatcher that evening.

Knowing these birds by song, silhouette or flight pattern is exciting. Their wingbeats accompany each photograph. Their alarm call echoes a twig snapping under my foot.

Meanwhile, the chipping sparrow eats a green caterpillar and the great crested flycatcher has not settled into the newly constructed nesting box on the red maple.

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