Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Big Backyard Bird Day!

Today we woke up to lots of birds singing in our backyard! May is a big month for bird migration and for some reason many decided to land in our neighborhood last night and rest up from their travels and eat and sing! Mom and Dad have learned to identify many birds by ear. So they would listen to a bird sing, and then find the bird with binoculars. There were a total of 28 different species of birds seen and/or heard from our backyard today! The highlights included chestnut-sided, blackburnian, tennessee, nashville, and yellow rump warblers, american redstart, ovenbird, swainson's thrush, blue-headed vireo, orchard oriole, baltimore oriole, and catbird. I didn't get nearly as excited by all these fancy birds as mom and dad did - these birds mostly hang out way up high in the trees and I can't get near them. Give me robins, mourning doves, and house sparrows any day - they are more down to earth and way more fun to chase!

Yesterday afternoon a great-blue heron landed on our neighbor's house - he was eyeing the fish in our pond! But I barked at him and told him to get the heck out of there and he flew off shortly after we took this photo (if you click on it, you'll be able to see the heron much better!):

Gotta zoom!

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