Monday, May 30, 2011

People and birds.

 Brown-headed Cowbird.

I spent much of yesterday afternoon at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary with fellow-bloggers Tim (Think big, no, even bigger) and Susannah (Wandrin' Weeta) (and Laurie was there too!).  It was the first time I have met any of the above, and, as Susannah said, it was like meeting old friends for the first time.   I think we all kept half-expecting to bump into each other eventually, but we decided to hurry eventually along and agreed to meet, and what better way than birding?  A lot of birding is walking, occasionally stopping to investigate intriguing things such as rapacious carp or flowering cow parsnip*, and telling stories.  And then you add birds.  Perfect. The weather was spectacularly different from the rest of this spring--which is to say it was spectacular.  Birds were doing bird spring things, including singing and nesting.

We had two very nice views of Black-headed grosbeaks, one at a feeder, a second singing in a maple.

This Tree Swallow was doing a Pope-on-the balcony routine, drawing a large crowd. The camera shutters were a-clicking.

On the other side of the tracks, a House Sparrow squatted in a swallow box.

We ended up with a decent list, starting with Rufous Hummingbird at the front gate and ending with Peregrine, which, while calling, circled over the trees at the margin of the east field.

Thank you, internet, for facilitating a very pleasant outing.

*Rapacious carp and flowering cow parsnip.


Cicero Sings said...

Always interesting to meet up with fellow writers!!

We have pelicans on our lake by the way! Don't know how long they will stay. Quite exciting. I just don't have the lens to capture them. Alas! There was a pretty major fire around the lake they usually congregate at last summer and I wonder if that has any bearing on the issue?

Hugh said...

Hi CS. Yes, it's a modern thrill to meet webfriends.

I don't know if the fire aftermath caused the pelicans to head your way, but wow, what great birds to have around.

Crafty Gardener said...

How nice to meet up with other bloggers and enjoy nature at its best.

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice. Sounds like a great time.

Earl Cootie said...

I just looked back through my photo archives and saw that our late spring trip to Reifel was on . . . May 29. We probably walked right by each other.