Well, it was a little bit quieter than I hoped, but I did manage to get three new blog birds. The amazing thing was having others identify them so quickly.
#141: Blue-headed vireo; Mud Lake, Ottawa; May 14, 2011
# 142: Blackburnian Warbler; Mud Lake, Ottawa; May 14, 2011
What a gorgeous bird.
|I pulled a full-on rookie move with this bird. "Um, guys, what's the one with the orange head again?"|
#143: American Redstart; Mud Lake, Ottawa; May 14, 2011Adder's Tongue, Dogtooth Violet, Yellow Adder's Tongue), garlic mustard (incredibly invasive but also delicious, so I am told), blue beech (the "muscle" tree), hackberry trees, purple violets and trilliums, and poison ivy (haha). Funny, aside from the obvious, I have never taken note of any of these things before. What do you say, does this call for a 100 plants in a year blog? ;) Well, it's a great big world out there, and so much to learn. I loved how with the rain today it felt like walking through a west coast rain forest. mmmm....
|Trout lily. Funny name, pretty flower.|
The other thing about this group is it tends to be a lot of the same people, so lots of familiar faces, and some of them really know their stuff. What a humbling experience. I feel like I have learned so much in the last year, enough to consider myself somewhat intermediate....then I listen to these people and I just put myself way back at the bottom of the totem pole. Rookie!
The leaves are really starting to come out and it's much more dense than last week. I'm pretty sure next week we'll have a full-blown canopy...
Well, I missed a lot of things that they saw and normally I really take my time and stick around until I get "the shot." I still got a few, and towards the end, we started having more luck (which of course, meant it started to pour). But it was just too wet for d90 so I headed home at 11, hoping for a break in the weather later on. It didn't happen :(
Earlier this week on Wednesday, I headed out after work with Matt. It was such a gorgeous day, and we didn't go too far since gas was at $1.36 or something crazy like that. So we went to Shirley's Bay...Saw a thrasher behaving much like a robin, an eastern phoebe, terns, stunning orioles, a few geese on nests that I thought were going to charge right after us (they built their nests right beside the path!), and lots of the other usual suspects.
|Single spotted sandpiper|
There are so many awesome birds being reported that I'm missing. I'm planning to really study some of the songs so I'm more prepared for tomorrow, if it lets up a bit. I've found a few really promising links...
- North American Bird Sounds recordings (downloadable)
- Birdsong Mnemonics by Tom Lorenzin. Pretty great...for example, he describes B&W warbler like weezee, weezee wezee....like a bathtub squeaky toy. Bang on!
- BirdJam (+there's an app for that)
|mm-hmm. not glamourous, but promising.|