Oof… this blog has gotten away from me. I have had my Facebook account deactivated since March (with one exception, which I will get to at a later date), and that seems to be where I plugged into the birding community the most. I do not miss Facebook at all, but I have noticed less of an emphasis on posting my sightings, photos, etc, which in turn has made me think about this blog less. I have been thinking about creating a Facebook account to only follow bird stuff and nothing else. Good idea? I have seen some things over the last two months, though! Here they are:
After I returned to my office, Jaime kept me entertained with daily updates on our yard bird situation.
We had a small flock of Baltimore Orioles that were regulars at our jelly feeder. The most I ever saw at one time were three adult males.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks showed up in similar numbers but did not stick around as long. All of these photos are Jaime’s, by the way!
I birded a few times locally this spring. The magic scrap of wetland at Franke Park turned up a couple of Prothonotary Warblers one morning. They were a new bird for that park for me and new for my 5MR, which was exciting stuff.
The excitement lasted until my friend said, “Is that a Least Bittern?” Then the warblers were quickly old news. This bird was chilling out in the open not more than 30 feet from us, letting me get a photo of it unaided with my cell phone (this is not that photo). For perspective, this “wetland” is a scrap of cattails about 30 feet by 20 feet that is directly behind a BMX track and totally surrounded by mowed grass on all other sides. I have no idea why a Least Bittern chose this spot, but it was a visual lifer for me (I had only ever heard them previously) and the bird of the year to that date.
Here is a close-up of a Black-throated Green Warbler that we saw that same day. It preened in a bush, not moving for several minutes. The most unwarblerlike warbler I have ever encountered.
To round out the photos, here is a Blue-headed Vireo, a bird I don’t see very often, but which appeared immediately after one of us said something along the lines of “I can’t believe we haven’t had a vireo yet.” Funny how that almost always works. I ought to try it more often.
The rest of my good spring sightings have occurred incidentally, including a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at my inlaws’ house and Common Nighthawks over my backyard while mowing the grass. Even if there’s been a lack of posting and a lack of photos, it was a good spring! More to come soon. And maybe I’ll even update my Green and 5MR list pages.