Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Today we met the Audubon tour to see the rare and endangered Kirtland's warbler. The best view we had of the bird was of the above female (above and below left) who was gathering twigs to make a nest. We heard many of the males calling to designate their own territory, where their mate could make a nest.
The tour meets at the Hartfield Pines State Park and proceeds to the managed habitat that's kept perfect for the breeding birds. Unfortunately the tour was crowded and an inconsiderate fat lady elbowed Lenny out of her way when a bird was posing, but we enjoyed most of the trip, and later went to a location where the birds can be seen from the road, which is where we saw the one in the tree. It's a $5000 fine if you enter their territory without the guide!
|Kirtland's warbler, male, Len's photo.|
Monday, May 25, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
|A crowd of birdwatchers looking for one little Connecticut Warbler, May 16, 2015|
|Connecticut Warbler by|
John James Audubon
We joined the huge crowd depicted above, all hoping to catch at least a fleeting glimpse of a shy Connecticut warbler that was in the woods. Since we didn't succeed in photographing the poor bird, I included the John James Audubon picture.
Sadly, the crowds of birders appear to be putting enormous pressure on the birds along the boardwalk that allows access to the marsh. We read that a prothonotary warbler and a woodcock that were nesting near the boardwalk have abandoned their nests because of all the people nearby.
Environmental pressure from groups often occurs slowly, so that no single individual realizes that his innocent actions have tiny but real consequences. I've seen the term "future eaters" applied to this situation, where environmental damage accumulated slowly but inevitably. Birdwatching seems to be about as non-destructive as any activity could be. Is it?
|A prothonotary warbler (photo from last year at Magee Marsh).|
|A woodcock we saw from the boardwalk a few weeks ago.|
|Birders like these who were there on Saturday love Magee Marsh and who can blame them?|
I have already posted this on my food blog.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
While Len and the rest of the members of the Audubon Society who were on the trip were watching the warblers, I mainly enjoyed the beautiful blue sky and the wildflowers lit by bright May sunshine.
Monday, May 04, 2015
|Birdwatching at Magee Marsh.|
Above: a palm warbler, one of many warblers we saw from the boardwalk.
Woodcocks are marked to look just like the leafy background. I call this one Waldo Woodcock as in "Where's Waldo?" Obviously since you can hardly see them it's even harder to take their photos. For more bird photos, see Len's Flickr page here.
|We also saw this snake. I hope he doesn't eat warblers.|