As I walked back to my car on Tuesday night following class I was very excited to hear vocalizations coming from the construction area/playing fields. Considering the time and the season, I was hopeful it was the American Woodcock. When I had a chance, I verified on ebird that the American Woodcock had returned to the area. I haven’t heard woodcocks since I was an undergraduate crossing Skelley Field. And that’s been years! I listened to the vocalizations on Cornell’s All About Birds site. Vocalizations aren’t my thing – I have permanent audio amnesia, so songs and calls are challenging. Cornell’s vocalization file seemed promising and so I was filled with hope.
Alas, it was not to be. Arriving on campus Wednesday morning, I learned the true identity of the noisy, new arrival. Approaching the soccer fields I found a standoff between the disinterested soccer team beginning practice and the indignant Killdeer protecting the goal.
So February wrapped up with a last minute addition to the month list of Killdeer for a total of 5o species, and 34 checklists and a new lifebird, the Monk Parakeet. Bird sighting I was most excited about: American Robin. Seems silly, but they portend spring for me, so it was super exciting to see. Most vindicated sighting of the month: Brown Creeper. I knew they had to be around the house, it was only a matter of finding it and I did.
Now, back to studying for Tuesday’s exam!
Spring break is approaching! So hopefully I will get a chance to get out and bird more as the migrants begin arriving.