Sunday, July 16, 2017

Watching Birds From A Single Stretch Of Track

One of the things that can detract from a bird watching experience is moving around too much. Sometimes you can see more birds sitting in one spot than you can walking through miles of trail. I made a compromise this morning by confining my birdwatching to a single 100 yard stretch of railroad track. 
 I moved around a little bit to get different views of the marsh but was able to keep my focus on observing, not walking. 
There were plenty of birds to be seen in the marsh including cormorants,blackbirds, Wood Ducks, and Great Blue Herons (above).
There was also several Belted Kingfishers, with this female being the noisiest of the bunch.
 I could hear more birds in the woods than I could see but there were plenty to be heard. I believe this mystery bird which was perched quietly in the woods is a young cowbird. I don't feel like double-checking it so correct me if I'm wrong.
 It's always worth looking up too. I caught an eagle and hawk in the midst of airplay. 

Memo to self: Make sure that you spend more time observing birds than just walking around looking for birds to observe!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Indecision, Procrastination, And Birdwatching


  One of the things I struggle with at times is making a quick decision. Sometimes it is necessary to analyze things carefully in order to make a decision but when you spend more time thinking than doing it can lead to missed opportunities and procrastination.
Lately I've been trying to get out early with my camera and binoculars before I have time to think about it. 

I remember a poem which I can relate to titled: "When Thomas Takes His Pen" that I found in an old book. I got a big chuckle when I first read it. I found a copy of the Poem by Elsie Hill on HistoryProfessor.Org

Friday, June 30, 2017

3 Favorite Moments 1ST Tablet Post

     I still use a flip phone and have avoided touch screens up until now. My lack of familiarity with this technology has caused me to miss out on a couple of opportunities.
Trying to write this is like trying to thread a needle while wearing mittens.  
I will get right to the point. My 3 favorite sightings from top to bottom are:  Black-Backed Woodpecker from Victory Vermont ,Fork-tailed Flycatcher from Hadlyme ferry, and American White Pelican which flew over my back yard. The end and Amen!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Back To The Kid-In-The-Field Mentality

 When I was a young boy I didn't know that people who called themselves birders walked around fields specifically looking for birds. Any field meant a treasure hunt for me. I was curious about everything I found whether it be a rusty old farm nail or a dragonfly. It really didn't matter. Everything was fascinating.
 As the years went by, I lost some of that curiosity and excitement. I became more selective about what I was willing to take the time to look at. Now I find myself walking along the predetermined paths looking mostly for birds (Bobolink above). When I as a kid there was no such thing as a path. The only path was between where I was standing and where I wanted to go.
As I wandered around the Frederick White Farm in Durham my memory carried me back to what it was like being a kid out in a field. I was still there looking for bird like I do now..... (Eastern Kingbird above)
 but I also spent time looking at the butterflies (Cabbage White above) and damselflies (Ebony Jewelwing below).  
I can never truly be a kid in a field again but maybe remembering what it was like can add a little spark.