It’s prime migration time for the birds in the DELMARVA area. Within the Atlantic Flyway, this area is a magnet for little yellow birds flying from South and Central America to points further north.
This week is a “birding blitz” week for me. Starting with two mornings locally for Warblers and others, and two more field trips planned this week. The birds have been a bit elusive, but all the more fun on the hunt. A hunter friend had highly recommended that I get some camouflage clothing to help blend into the landscape. Getting a Green Tree outfit, I wore it for the first time today. Stepping into the understory of a bright green tree, I was able to enjoy a beautiful Yellow Billed Cuckoo for about 10 minutes before it continued on its way.
Yesterday I went to a different park and a friend pointed out a nesting box for a special warbler. This beautiful Prothonotary Warbler is one I only saw once briefly last year. They are so stunningly brilliant yellow and it was so special to be able to see one closer. Once I’ve learned it song, I’m starting to hear them quite a bit the past two days.
But then yesterday got more exciting as an Orchard Oriole responded to a short playback of his song. There is a lot of controversy of playing audio tapes of a bird’s song and I’m finding that I prefer not to use them. The birds aren’t as responsive as they were last year and all it does it put stress on them. Some people put the tape on and play it nonstop. If I don’t get a response immediately from one or two calls, I stop playing the tune. Now I’m on the hunt for a Baltimore Oriole – none yet.
While walking through the muddy woodlands yesterday a scatter and a squawk happened. Seemed I had come up upon a family of Wood Ducks. I didn’t see them, they saw me first. It was a Mama Wood Duck with her twelve babies. The babies hid immediately and the mom went into the path pretending to be hurt. She was really trying to distract me from her babies. After a while, she went into the grass and her babies quickly followed her.
I’ve managed to get quite a nice collection of warblers this past week. Such amazing creations of Mother Nature.
Along with the beautiful birds, the flowers are in full bloom all around. It’s just been a wonderful week and hope to discover more with each new day.