April 27, 2003
woke up this morning to the beautiful song of a wood
thrush outside my window. During the summer, it seems that the
song of the wood thrush is fuller and richer. Today its song was clear
The wood thrush usually sings near my house all summer long - mostly
in the morning and early evening. I welcome back this bird and its
April 26, 2003
summer, over a period of two months or longer, I heard strange whining,
screeching sounds coming from the general direction of this old maple
tree. (Had to put a fan in the window so I could sleep through it!)
After listening to my bird song CD, I
that these sounds are
made by young barred owls.
It's possible that the natural tree cavity in this photo was a barred
owl's nest cavity last summer. It's thought that the barred owl uses
the same nest site for several years in succession, so I'll be keeping
an eye on this tree - and looking for other possible locations for
the barred owl's nest.
You can also see what looks like woodpecker "foraging" holes
near the cavity in this tree. But I don't know if that's an indication
that a woodpecker had nested there - or just that it happened to be
foraging there when the nest hole was not in use. My guess would be
April 25, 2003
haven't yet seen the courtship display of the woodcock.
And I'm no longer hearing its "peenting" call in the evenings.
But, here's an
interesting article by Robert Winkler that describes the woodcock's
April 24, 2003
had snow flurries yesterday afternoon that continued into the night.
In the evening, I heard the spring peepers. Was surprised that they'd
be out when it was snowing.
Though I did hear a few peeps about a week ago, last night was the
this year I've heard them in full
chorus. They usually start peeping a little
earlier in the spring.
April 23, 2003
a interesting quiz. This
feather is from a bird found in the New England area. Check the
hints and see if you can identify the bird.
Here's a beautiful
feather from another New England bird.
April 22, 2003
have arrived in New England - and some have even been spotted in southern
Young bald eagles are hatching in some
parts of New England, as can
seen in this webcam
The adult eagles will brood the young eaglets to keep them warm until
they are able to maintain their own body temperature.
April 21, 2003
this warm weather we've been having, many insects are appearing
- ladybugs, wasps, ants, lots of different types of moths, and other
insects that I can't even name. Am also seeing numerous species
I'm out walking, sometimes an insect will go whizzing by and I'll
turn to see what it was. But it's usually gone before I get more
than a glimpse.
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