Date: 5/8/17 6:04 am From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Re: Phase Two of my latest birding
Now is a beautiful time to go with this kind of weather. If you hike the entire asphalt trail there are a lot of pretty spots along the way.
Bill Thurman On May 8, 2017 7:24 AM, "Elizabeth Shores" <efshores...> wrote:
> Great report, Bill. Makes me want to go out there today. > > Sent from my iPhone > > > On May 7, 2017, at 6:41 PM, Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> > wrote: > > > > Today I followed through by going to Two Rivers Park. I always enjoy > going there. It's convenient for me, it's a truly nice place and I don't > have drawers full of gas money. My original intention was to do all of this > (incl. May 3rd) in one sweep in honor of the migratory bird period. Today > was a good day. The weather was beautiful, sunny and almost like a perfect > Spring day. Before I crossed the bridge over to the peninsula, I saw a > brilliant Baltimore Oriole fly up int one of the sycamore trees. I believe > several pairs are nesting around there where all the parking is. There are > plenty of RW Blackbirds around too. Also swallows everywhere around that > bridge. After I crossed the bridge, the pine grove was my next area. I > heard the regulars like Carolina Wrens and Mockingbirds. I walked on down > the asphalt trail all the way to the other western end where the bathroom > and big fields area is located before you get to the ground where all the > community gardeners are. I had my bins with me. Along the way I heard and > saw: > > > > White Eyed Vireos at least a half dozen calling loudly > > Red Bellied Woodpecker > > Pileated Woodpecker calling in the distance > > Baltimore Orioles quite a few more singing in the tall > trees > > Summer Tanagers quite a few singing > > Carolina Wrens lots > > > > Then at the big open fields between the woodland trail and the "swamp" I > heard at least one Dicksissel. Not much else. > > At the bathroom area I took a good rest and saw an Eastern Bluebird and > heard at least two Orchard Orioles singing nearby. I then got up and turned > to go back. My right leg seemed to be holding up pretty well. On the way I > saw a tiny mainly upper body golden bird dart across the trail and into the > swampy area where all the frogs were just going it. I concluded it could > only be a Prothonotary Warbler. The predominant coloring was right, the > size was right and the habitat was perfect. Even if he didn't "say" > anything. On the way back to the parking area I saw or heard: > > > > more Baltimore Orioles > > more White Eyed Vireos > > a pretty Big Water Moccasin at the side of the trail > > Red Tailed Hawk > > > > And then the highlight of my trip which made it all worth it. I was > tired and sat down on a bench neat the river's shoreline on the way out > toward the tip end of the peninsula. Other people were around, and it's a > fairly popular area. I happened to glance down at a dead log sticking out > into the water. What seemed like a fairly small bird flitted onto the log > and sat for half a minute just long enough for me to get my bins and have a > good look at him. He looked like a shorebird/sandpiper for sure. It had all > these dark spots or streaks underneath on its breast and belly, and a > shortish yellowish beak. Soon it jumped up and snatched and insect. I > looked up a search on the sandpipers. It was a Spotted Sandpiper, and a > life bird for me. I felt like I had won a prize or something! > > > > I still plan to donate what little money I have to a couple of bird > conservation organizations. > > > > Bill Thurman > > > > > > > > > >