New Trail…

New Trail…

So, I didn’t see many birds on the new trail that I went on the other day, but I did hear a few…

Here is something we did see, that we really wished we hadn’t…

My husband was checking out a new bridge that he used to cross over a dried up riverbed and as he turned the corner at the end he came upon this creature!

I think it’s a Northern brown water snake, but I could be wrong. I do know that it’s not poisonous, because it has a round black eye instead of a cat slit eye (which the poisonous ones have)…

Anyway we continued on and here are a couple of birds that I heard along the trail.

The Summer Tanager was around, I heard a few of them. I did hear one male, it was making a “Pitick” call over and over again.

I can easily identify some of the birds by there songs, but I had trouble with the male Summer Tanager call. I knew that I had heard it before, but I just couldn’t recognize it.

Luckily my husband and I have a great App, Merlin from The Cornell Lab. We use this mostly for identifying bird calls. All you have to do is get into the App and hold you phone up to listen to what is singing around you. It will then tell you all of the different birds that it hears.

I find that this one is pretty good at being able to correctly identify the birds. I use my Audubon Bird App to find locations to go and what birds are in what areas (my go to App when doing my “homework”).

Here is another bird that I heard a few of, this one I identified instantly by its call…

It’s the Pileated Woodpecker. There were a couple of them flying around in the woods as we looped through the trees.

Did you know that carpenter ants make up close to 60% of their diet! They can tear apart stumps and dig deep holes in rotten wood just to get at ant nests.

Stay healthy and happy 🙂

Meet the Tanagers

Meet the Tanagers

Lately I’ve been hearing the Summer Tanager singing and singing all day long. They say the song sounds like that of a lazy robin…

I do know that they can be difficult to spot because they like to hang amongst the leaves in the treetops.

I was lucky with this one, he landed on a wire above my head.

The males are a bright rosy red all over their body, while the females are yellow. Below is a young male, he is a mix of yellow and red, but will eventually be all red.

The Summer Tanager and then Scarlet Tanager both will spend their winters in the tropics.

The male Scarlet Tanager is a deep red bird with black on its wings and tail. The female is a yellow-green.

I don’t see as many of the Scarlet as I do the Summer since there are far less of them in my area. The Scarlet also seems to sing less and stay higher up in the trees than the Summer.

Both of these Tanagers will eat mostly insects, including bees.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!