Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We'll take it!

Not what we expected, but Lynn saw bird number 71 today.

I'll just keep you in suspense for another minute, though. Today was another warm spring day, lots of insects around, including flies, bees and butterflies. After delivering some specimens to the Nature Center for Tom, the three of us went out looking for birds.

Today's birders:
Lynn, Tom, Sue

Today's special birds:
Carolina Wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus - one hopped out into view on top of a blackberry cane and sang and sang
Swamp Sparrow, Melospiza georgiana - one scurried deep into the brambles, but we persisted at trying to pish it out, and eventually were rewarded with a great view of this striking sparrow

And, we saw the usuals. Sorry to be so dismissive of the usuals, not that we don't always appreciate the usuals, but I don't really have time to write up the whole list.

Okay, so now for bird number 71. Flying over the road as Lynn was driving through campus was a pair of...
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos

yippee, another bird for our list, but, as I said at the top, not what we expected!

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