Birds in the Neighborhood
I’ve been enjoying watching and listening for new birds in the neighborhood. I learned about the Grey Catbird while walking down our driveway by a little Aspen grove. I noticed “jungle noises” and then heard a catlike “mew.” Using the BirdsEye app on my iPod (which my brother helped create!), I found that Catbirds had been observed in our region and then spotted it in a tangle of brush. It was fun to identify, especially after learning that it is in the Mimidae family of mimics and that some of the jungle sounds I’d heard may have been learned from the Catbird’s winter in Central America.
The little Western Wood-Pewee is a new favorite of mine, mostly because a juvenile likes to perch on the water spigot outside our dining window to forage for bugs. I love watching it cock its head left and right searching for insects before swooping out and returning to its perch, sometimes with a fly between its beak. Finally, the American Goldfinch caught my attention with its brilliant colors and swooping flight. More birds on my “bird card” list including Grosbeaks and Ruddy Ducks! Any requests?
5 Responses to “Birds in the Neighborhood”
I love your ‘Birds of the Day’ cards!
As for suggestions, what about falcons or towees?
I got to visit my mom in Pocatello ID last week and saw the birds of the day cards I sent her for a present, with the western tanager on top — and then saw multiple western tanagers in her backyard and all around the city. It seemed that the cool weather was keeping them at lower elevations than they would normally be this time of year.
Interesting- we’ve had cooler weather over in the Cascades this season, too. Do you follow Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology? They’re a great resource for learning more about birds.
Great looking cards. Got me thinking about the very unique calls we heard in Tikal this last winter. Finally found some audio of them here, the Montezuma Oropendola:
Not even Cornell’s Lab has any info on them.
Jeremy, that’s an amazing bird call. When Darin and I are back in Seattle this fall, we’ll have to get out on some bike rides and I want to hear more about your Tikal adventure.