Monday, September 6, 2010

The Birds

Today was eventful in terms of variety of birds seen, but not much in quantity....except for the tree swallows who flocked up very suddenly and decided to strip a certain shrub of all its berries within a 3 minute time span.

I got to check off a few birds from my life list in the past 2 days: Tri-colored Heron, Merlin, Glossy Ibis, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Ruddy Turnstone. It seems that each day I am able to check off at least one more due to the diversity where I am working. Today the Merlin (small falcon) decided to give us a little show by trying to agitate every large bird in sight including the Fish Crows who were not even harassing it like normal. The little falcon even tried to knock a Laughing Gull out of the air. Fortunately for the Laughing Gull, he was much bigger then the Merlin and was able to overpower it.
Yesterday morning I was dragged out to a popular bird watching spot at sunrise and got this photo of some Eastern Kingbirds. There was actually a larger flock of them, but these were the only two individuals who got close enough for photographing.

After such an early morning, and working in the blazing sun for 9 hours I sure was glad to finally see the sunset over the meadows (although this brought on the hordes of mosquitoes).

1 comment:

holdingmoments said...

That must have been quite a sight to see, all those Tree Swallows. Look to be a lot there!
You're seeing some great birds with this job.