Tuesday, November 6, 2007

While Admiring Kestrels Sunday, BirdCam Snaps Rarity

Sunday was spent birding the Eastern Shore with none other than Warren & Lisa (The Bird Couple!) Strobel. We tried to spy the RED PHALAROPE and the AMERICAN AVOCETS that had been visiting Blackwater Refuge (no, not that agency that has a bad reputation for protecting diplomats in Iraq, the REFUGE) just South of Cambridge, MD on Saturday.

It certainly was a fine day. A VESPER SPARROW was a great find. Spotting a few AMERICAN KESTREL (see photo below) along the way just makes me happy (they're a favorite of mine). But witnessing a RED TAILED HAWK stealing a meal from a MERLIN in the parking lot of the Blackwater Refuge Visitor Center?... Well that's just too much fun.

What was the highlight, you ask, of the entire weekend??? Easy. It would have to be when my BirdCam captured a very rare bird on my thistle feeder: A KISSING EMERY BIRD. Some would argue that it's global warming. Other the destruction of the forests and grasslands throughout North America. Perhaps. I just happen to believe this bird loves me.

Ahh, add one more reason that a BirdCam is a must-have for anyone with a yard.

-Dan

THE FIELD WHERE THE KESTREL & VESPER SPARROW WERE SPOTTED!

TWO BIRDS ON THE THISTLE

MALE DOWNY WOODPECKER

ALAS... A RARE, ELUSIVE KISSING EMERY BIRD

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