Date: 9/27/18 8:48 am From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> Subject: YBSA
I've been trying to bird the yard more often to make up for the fact that I can't get out and about birding as often as I'd like. Have to keep the wife happy. :) Somehow, every single year, I find myself wanting to find more more more... how many species can I find... even when I consistently remind myself not to, and that finding a new species or three that year more than makes up for not having a nice high list count that year... the urge is still there. I've missed some that I really wanted to see this year but, somehow have to take my mind off that.
I really wanted to see more fall migrators in the yard this year. I don't know if my yard is better for Spring migration or something, somehow... or what. But, I had a young magnolia warbler one morning and nothing else for the ones just passing through.
And now, winter birds are showing up on me? Wasn't out there long this morning before I had a yellow-bellied sapsucker(YBSA) fly into a nearby tree. I'll have to look at the bar charts on Ebird to see when they normally get here but, well perhaps the year is just going by too quickly but it doesn't seem time for winter birds yet. HA... not long later I found a yellow-rumped warbler. That bird is a bit of a frenemy sometimes. It's one of those birds that I'll find a lot of, somehow think I have something more interesting and then, nope, another yellow-rumped. HA. Always helps when they're calling a bit for me to count them more quickly. This one was doing what I like to compare to a blackbird kind of chuck sound... it's not quite the same but, it's similar enough that when I see a bird that size making that particular noise, I know what it is. This one was doing that and then I got to ID it visually.
Sometimes the changing of the seasons frustrates me because birds I wanted to see are now gone... but, I'm still quite grateful for those changes. Pretty soon I wont be worrying about poison ivy, wasps, ticks, and chiggers... and some of my favorite ducks will be showing up. Also wont be worrying about sunblock so much. More than that, even though it's frustrating at times, the changing of birds keeps things fresh. One of my daughter's favorite birds is the scissor-tailed flycatcher. She complained on year "why do they have to go?" I explained that it was probably a good thing... for such a fascinating bird, if it were here year round, it might eventually feel as commonplace to her as a cardinal. Those comings and goings sort of makes things new all over again, year after year. Things are moving and changing out there. Don't blink too long. :)