I had a bit of a chance to contribute to the #gbbc from four different yards as I went about my weekend. I’ll just summarize my list here:
Total species: 21
I did spot Ring-billed Gulls around the Driscoll Bridge and along the rest-stops further south as well as Turkey Vultures, but I didn’t include those on Saturday. However, on Saturday, as part of a baby shower I did draw a picture of a wren using fabric markers:
Wren with fabric markers contrasted with a real-life wren.
The baby to be will be named Wren, so a wren drawing seemed fitting.
After seeing the birds from work featured on Fox and Friends, my folks decided to participate. Their contribute was to tell me the list verbally when I stopped by on Monday afternoon. My folks have gotten so much pleasure from their new bird feeder!
I decided to walk myself over to Cushetunk Lake for a bit of birding by ear. (aka my binoculars were locked in someone else’s car!)
It was a very pleasant sunrise walk. Solo birding is a different experience. Because it’s based on your own inclination and there’s no distraction of company, you experience the world in a different way. I had a very enjoyable hour, attempting to listen to calls and identity each individual. Quite a number of blue birds! No Belted Kingfisher or Eastern Bluebird to round out the blues mix, alas, but I did see a number of Blue Jays and a Great Blue Heron. I had luck identifying the American Crow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Great Blue Heron
After visiting the dam, I headed through a patch of woods before wandering back. Among the branches I could hear a symphony of unidentifiable wonders.I could identify the 16 mallards swimming and great blue heron fishing in the stream.
I also saw four deer and a swimming muskrat! So cool! Following my hour ramble, I was in a much better frame of mind. As I walked back into the house, I surprised a Carolina Wren who nearly flew into me in its haste to book it out of there. Now I’m mentally all ready to hit the road for a day of birding in….. Central Jersey!