Birder's Eye View

Friday, November 30, 2007

Hot Spot!

It was almost silent, no one else around. Every so often, a Carolina Wren would call through the woods, too far away to see, even with binoculars. A Tufted Titmouse would chatter up in the trees, playing coy whenever I turned to look.

As I passed a thick patch of saw palmettos, I jumped when something lunged away. Peering closer, I saw a Gray Catbird trying to escape my inquisitive gaze. Before I could gain a closer look with my binoculars, it had disappeared within the mass of palm fronds.

I hiked and hiked and hiked for what seemed like hours. At one point, I rounded a bend, and found myself face to face with a startled doe. We both froze, only feet away from each other. Trying to contain my excitement, I moved slowly, but she and another deer lurched away into the forest.

Beyond this point, the path diverged into several directions. My decision upon which way to turn was quickly made for me, when I became aware of the sounds of dozens of birds off to my left.
Slowing my pace, I turned and realized the area was teeming with birds. Not four feet away, a Black and White Warbler scaled an oak tree, in its woodpecker-like manner. Catbirds and Kinglets and Gnatcatchers and Cardinals and Sparrows and Chickadees and more flitted about in the treetops and underbrush. It was overwhelming.

Unfortunately, only a few minutes after I had discovered this gem, my mom came looking for me and I had to leave. I couldn't help but to think of all the birds I had yet to identify in that one small patch of the trail.

I can't wait to go back. This time, I know right where to go. Of course, there's no guarantee they'll still be there next week, but I have a pretty good idea of where to look, anyway.
So that's my birding adventure of the week!

Until next time,

Happy birding!

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  • hello Earthbird,

    I was wondering, where are you located?
    Because it's interesting that you have only 120 for a year list right now. That's a decent list if you haven't done any traveling.
    If you find you like doing year lists, you may wish to do some traveling. then you can set your year goal much higher. Starting Jan 1, I'm planning on keeping a year list for 2008. My goal is to break 500 species.
    Year listing and doing big days is one of the most fun parts of birding (for me). It provides a challenge to meet. Good luck on your 150! I hope you get there.
    Happy Birding! --Chris W, 17 from WI
    The SW WI birder

    By Blogger parus, At December 1, 2007 at 9:38 PM  

  • Hi Chris,

    Sorry I didn't see your comment sooner -- I didn't know anyone actually reads my blog! :)

    Anywho, I'm in the Southeast US. I know my list is minute by most birders' standards, but considering I've only been a birder for six months, I think I'm doing okay.

    I don't get to do a lot of traveling (although this year was pretty special), so I mostly bird locally.

    It's great to hear from another young birder. And best of luck on your travelers and reaching your year list goal.

    Thanks for the comment, and for reading my blog!

    Happy birding!

    By Blogger Earthbird, At December 10, 2007 at 5:47 PM  

  • I was internet surfing and came across ur blog.

    So only six months? that is pretty darn good.
    Where in FL are you? I've been down there so many times. I love the spring birding down there.

    You say teenage, how old are you?


    By Blogger Parus, At December 10, 2007 at 5:57 PM  

  • That's pretty cool! I'm glad people are reading it (or at least, you are!).

    Sorry, though, I don't like to give out my location online. Birding here is good, though, especially now with migration season. It's great that you've been able to bird down here so much!

    To answer your question, I am seventeen years old.

    Happy birding!


    By Blogger Earthbird, At December 10, 2007 at 6:20 PM  

  • Cool.

    Are you in N, S or W FL? (you don't have to give me town. I cn understand that.) lol
    Or better, Where's your favorite bird spot?
    For FL, mine is St Mark's NWR

    By Blogger Parus, At December 10, 2007 at 6:34 PM  

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