Thursday, May 10, 2007

Birdathon Lunch Break

Time for lunch and a bit of sitting and listening in the late morning. So far, no misses for expected birds with the exception of Rough-winged Swallow which I had seen by the bridge over Honey Creek for a couple of days and Acadian Flycatcher in the woods. Warblers are scarce--only the expected ones on territory (Yellow, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat) and migrant Tennessee, Magnolia, and Black-throated Green. I have seen four members of the thrush family so far including American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Trhush, and Swainson's Thrush; still looking for Hermit and Gray-cheeked. Similarly, I've seen seen four of the five woodpeckers I might expect, watching a pair of Downy Woodpeckers copulate for a timed 14 seconds! They did not seem embarrassed. The male flew off and the female ducked back into her nest hole in a small dead elm about 8 feet up.

The sun is out, the woods are green, and the birds are singing. Let's go.

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