Observations and reflections from without and within
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
New Spring Arrivals
Spring's procession continues with new birds arriving almost daily. I have mentioned our local birding forum several times and it continues to be an excellent source of information about new arrivals. Today I read that a group of warblers were in a small bush five minutes from our home. I went there at lunch time and was not disappointed. Usually I have trouble finding warblers but these ones literally landed right in front of me. They moved about very quickly around the swamp but were not hard to identify.
I stood for twenty minutes in one area and saw several Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, two Solitary Sandpipers, a Belted Kingfisher, one Sora, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Great Blue Heron, a Caspian Tern and the usual collection of ducks, geese and songbirds. I am surprised I made it to work on time!
We had a new visitor under the lilac bush where I place a small water dish and scatter seed on the ground. This White-crowned Sparrow joined the White-throated Sparrows that have been around for the past couple of weeks. According to our local bird watchers, these birds have arrived since Saturday.
Hermit Thrush (left upper and lower) Cowbird and Catbird
Other recent sightings include a Catbird, a group of Hermit Thrushes, and of course the Brown-headed Cowbirds. I found a new trail along the Grand River that goes through woodland, swamp, meadows, cedar stands and the river itself. I must say our city planners have done a wonderful job of preserving natural areas within the city limits that are fully accessible to the public. My local bird count for this year is almost up to my total for the entire year of 2007.
Networking is great. I am grateful to the many enthusiastic bloggers and bird forum members who share their observations and knowledge with others.