June 13, 2006

Lifers

134 little blue heron

It can take weeks to sort through my LBY fan mail, so apologies for not replying to a question about how many life birds I've seen this year. As a matter of fact, the day's little blue heron is just the latest. Seven of them (one a blotchy white juvenile) stalked their prey in a grassy pool at Eagle Bluffs, in the vicinity of a dozen or so great egrets and great blue herons.

Kingfishers also came out in force to angle the pools. One showed perfect hovering form crossing the water: three separate times during its flight it ascended to a hover and peered down at the water before moving on. On the next trip across it hovered again and plunged for a small fish.

Non-birds included my second bobcat in a month (head and shoulders poking from tall grass), a muskrat (swimming), and a four-foot-long black rat snake slowly winding up a tree, probably in search of a bird's nest.

I'm not sure how many life birds I have in 2006, since for some I can't remember if I've made past identifications. My best guess is 14: little blue heron, red-shouldered hawk, rough-legged hawk, solitary sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, Hudsonian godwit, Caspian tern, great crested flycatcher, warbling vireo, Swainson's thrush, worm-eating warbler, chipping sparrow, Savannah sparrow, great-tailed grackle.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second bobcat? Most people never see one, only hear that blood-curdling scream. Lucky you, maybe you were born under a certain moon or something. Patience is a virtue which Jeff Durbin has certainly achieved.

6/21/2006  
Blogger Jeff said...

Or maybe the bobcat is stalking me, and the blood-curdling scream is next. The two sightings were only about 7-8 miles apart.

6/23/2006  

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