Bird Diary

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This weekend’s rain has been a bonanza for the neighborhood robins.  And there are lots of them.

Just before nightfall I counted six on my neighbor’s lawn and four on mine. Earthworms and night crawlers were out on the surface of the lawn to take advantage of the rain to quickly move to new spots.  Unfortunately for some of them they ran into hungry robins.

With the “arrival” of spring (not quite!) the bird book entries have started to grow. 2-16-14 1:29 pm – first robin of spring spotted on the mimosa tree. 3-15-14 8:30 am – first birdsong in the morning.

Out here on the North Fork of Long Island, the arrival of spring is not heralded by robins, but ospreys. The ospreys have returned.

Called “fish eagle,” “sea hawk,” and “fish hawk” they are fun to watch in their nests or out fishing. Some of the ospreys in this area have been banded and tracked to winter homes in South America.  One of them, “North Fork Bob” spends his winters in Venezuela, with 2-3 weeks each way in transit.  An area ornithologist, Bob Bierregaard, maintain this website – ospreytrax.com.

Favorite bird or birding place?

2 thoughts on “Bird Diary

  1. Most of the birds here in Scotland are completely different species than the ones I’m familiar with from North America (where I’m from) so it’s been fun to learn the local birds. There are so many birds I love, but my favorite is the oystercatcher. It is black and white with a long orange bill, and a loud PEEP, PEEP-A call that it cries as it flies overhead. It’s normally a shore bird, but we have them here inland along the river. They are such charming little birds, and when I first saw one I instantly loved them because I had never seen anything like it.

  2. Birds appearance does mark seasons. I have a small stream running through my ranch in Western Nebraska. You know spring is here with the sighting of the first blue heron.

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