It was a second day in a row of bird atlasing today, covering North Brookfieild 10 and 11 with Alan. We had started the day bright and early and got there at 5am because we wanted to hear who the first birds would be to sing and what their songs would be. Over the past month or so, I have become fascinated with bird song and joined the Cornell Web Site so I could study various bird songs and call in further detail. Anyhow, some of the information I have learned was that various birds will sing various songs given the time of day or their mating status (i.e. certain birds will sing song A at dawn if un-mated, if mated may not sing at all until later in the morning and sing song b instead.)
So Alan was crazy enough to venture out there with me that early so we could see some of this avian behaviour ourselves (one of the best things about finding a birding buddy as crazy as yourself is that we both found it normal to leave town at 4:15 when the only people out on the road were diehards leaving the bar and the milk man! HA).
When we first arrived we didn't hear much bird song at all. Just your typical American Robins, Gray Catbirds and Eastern Towhees.
Soon enough the Black-capped chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches and various warblers joined in to create a chorus that made distinguishing song a from song b close to impossible!
So, since the birds were not as visible as I would have liked, I decided to use my camera to practice on other critters including this little guy above. So cute watching it hop away!
A chipmunk posing perfectly for the camera.
An unknown insect that I just had to take a picture of. Such a cool looking bug!