Summertime Birding…

Summertime Birding…

Found a new park yesterday. It has a 2.5 mile walking trail through the woods. Luckily there weren’t many bugs, but it was a bit hot…

I heard a few birds, but never really got a good look at any since the woods were pretty thick.

Before getting on the trail we walked through a few fields and I now know where to look for Killdeers if I need them… there must have been at least 30 of them running around the fields.

They are often found at the water’s edge, but they will also live in fields and pastures no where near the water. I had a friend once who had a pair nesting in her front yard, she had to mow around the nest!

The Killdeer will pretend to have a broken wing and flop around the ground moving away from their nest when intruders are around.

They eat mostly insects, usually running a few steps, pausing, then running again, picking up insects along the way. Sometimes they will even follow a farmer plowing their fields, so to get any insects that get turned up by the plow. Pretty smart!

Stay healthy and happy 🙂

Recent Birds…

Recent Birds…

Here are a few photos of some of the birds that I’ve seen lately. Not many new birds for me, but I keep looking anyway…

This is a male Prothonotary Warbler. He is such a beautiful bright golden yellow, you can really spot him when he is flying around the swamps and rivers.

I saw this Green Heron in the swamp foraging for fish. They’ll usually stand still or walk very slowly in the shallow water just waiting for small fish to come by. Occasionally they will drop a feather or twig on the top of the water, as “bait,” to lure fish closer to them.

This is a Killdeer. They are found throughout all of the US, Canada and South America. They can be found nesting in fields, lawns, river banks and even airports.

Usually they eat insects. They’ll run a few steps, pause, run again, looking for something to eat off of the ground.