Friday, May 04, 2007

Coming Through!


The best two weeks of the year: the birds are heading north.

Last night it was pretty late by the time I got outside and the only sightings of note were a couple of hen blue-winged teal.

But one of the advantages of working where I do is an early Friday afternoon dismissal, which means that I was able to spend two hours at the Little Lakes as afternoon turned into evening.

Ruby-crowned kinglets and blue-gray gnatcatchers.

A green heron flew overhead. A great blue waded into the lake up to his neck, so that for a few moments he looked like a bizarrely awkward and strangely long-necked goose floating on the water.

Yellow and black and white and yellow-rumped and palm warblers.

Downy and red-bellied woodpeckers.

One remaining teal.

Song sparrows and chipping sparrows and a lone swamp sparrow busily feeding along the creek.

And the ubiquitous Canada geese and mallards and
wood ducks. They're all here to stay. I haven't seen any ducklings yet, but several families of geese are wandering around -- includng one pair with four young parading around the mall near Wal-Mart yesterday.

They would probably be happier at the Little Lakes.


Lisa :-] said...

I finally got outside and filled my seed sock. The goldfinches and siskins thank me very much.

I can hear the "clown birds" (grosbeaks) flying around, but I haven't tempted them to my feeders yet.

And the "orca birds" (tree swallows) are back zooming around my yard in the mornings catching bugs.

The only thing I haven't seen yet is a "buzz" (rufous hummingbird.) I haven't cleaned out my feeders since last summer, so I'm afraid they are boycotting me.

sunflowerkat said...

How I wish I could take a walk at Little Lakes with you...