What a morning! I went out first thing every morning last week to my favorite Louisiana Waterthrush spot on Leonard Road (Caroline), watching for the bird’s first arrival. For the past two years I have recorded one, sometimes two, LOWA singing an aberrant (and unique) song, and I was interested to see if the same bird would return this year. I went out again this morning and - bingo - the bird was singing as I drove up the road. I really don’t know if it IS the same bird as in the past two years, but it was singing the same (or similar) song. I will have to download my recordings and look at it more closely.
While there I was hit by number of newly-arrived (and singing) birds. A HERMIT THRUSH called softly (not yet singing). A PILEATED WOODPECKER called maniacally in the distance (thanks Dave Nutter for that description - I think it fits beautifully), A COOPER’S HAWK flew in, perched for a bit, then flew off. And, finally, my first-of-year BLUE HEADED VIREO was singing as I drove back down the road. After all that, it seemed like everyone I ran into downtown was smiling! It must be the change in weather. For me, it’s the birds. Bob McGuire -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --