Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Local Birding

I've been fortunate to get out for some local birding the last few days, including birding with my favorite companion, whatever the occasion might be. Up in the Green Mountains we bushwacked into a beaver pond, then just sat still and enjoyed the setting (made possible, in part, by heavy applications of toxic substances).

Highlight at this pond was the Northern Waterthrush, which is why we bushwacked in the first place; we heard it singing. Finally it showed itself feeding in the muddy edge. The rest of the time the pair were busy moving about, seldom staying still.

The highlight this morning was finding a pair of Blue-headed Vireos building their nest. What appears to be a white glob beneath the bird in the very delicate beginning of their hanging nest.

I can't tell the male from the female, but we can assume that they know the difference. To the left of the visible vireo is the mate working on the nest. It is a joint project.

Nothing more needs to be said about this Scarlet Tanager.

Nor does much need to be said about this Blackburnian Warbler.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails seem to be everywhere.

And finally, while waiting for the Swamp Sparrow and Alder Flycatcher to come close in yet another marshy beaver pond (they never did), I was joined by this moose cow, and that's no bull!

Moose are fairly common, but shy and secretive. I often see signs of moose, but do not often see them. Always a treat!

Sometimes a morning of good birding includes things that don't have feathers.


Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly from the old Solitary Vereo days, the male is the one off singing on the branch while the female does all the work. : )

I really enjoyed this post. I'm glad to see that that my old beloved Vermont still has so many great birds.

Unknown said...

Incredible sightings - and thrilling pictures, too! Good job!

Kim said...

Great shots of some fantastic birds. The Northern Waterthrush would be a lifer for me.

Dawn Fine said...

Great stuff! even the not featherys...
Sorry you wont be able to join us..maybe another time..have fun birding!

Unseen India Tours said...

Great Captures !!i Reallt Liked The Last One...Amazing..Thanks For Commenting On My Blog and Also For Being My Follower !!

Shelley said...

Glad you came by my northern michigan blog! I was wondering what state you lived in now- Vermont is a beautiful place! Loved these photos - such a treat to see the moose!


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