I of course know the sound and whenever I hear it, I'm on high alert trying to figure out their general location. More often than not it's while I'm in my office but this morning I'd be on my way back from coffee and realize it was fairly close and was very happy to see one of them land on top of the 446 Main Street building. Suddenly my leisurely pace quickened as I ran back to my desk to drop off the coffee, pick up my binoculars and camera, and make it up to the 24th floor without them leaving. All elevators would be occupied so I'd grab the service elevator to not waste one precious second.
Still squacking and getting closer.
With the female right along side it.
They would now be out of view so I had to go search for them again but they wouldn't stray to far.
After a while the female would get tired and rest her eyes a bit and the male would stop squacking I'm guessing in an effort to be polite.
Allowing me a nice picture of its side profile.
You'll notice I'm identifying these birds by gender and that's because I've been exchanging emails (along with pics to Tom from Fish and Wildlife) and he confirmed what I thought and that is two females and one male. The largest of the juves (and the 1st to fledge), wouldn't be with them, but I'm guessing it may have been with the parents as neither of them was around.
Let me tell you, the 24th floor to my building has been a saving grace this year. I'm very fortunate it remains unoccupied which allows me to go where ever they wonder.
And speaking of birding, I'd do some of that after work last evening in an attempt to find a Black-billed Cuckoo as I'd love to get both species in one year which I haven't done yet. I'd head to Brierly and make my way to the woods when I'd hear yet another call I couldn't identify so I'd scan the area to try and figure out what it was. The first thing I'd pick up on as the fact that it reminded me of the Yellow Wabler call which I think of as sounding kind of like a kiss.
This kiss would be longer though which is my kind of kiss so I just had to find out who the culprit was!
I'd finally see it move and find out it would be a very cute little Ovenbird who would actually be quiet and visible for a change.
So wishing the lighting was better as this bird was so cooperative and tame, I would have gotten some really nice photos.
No Black-billed Cuckoo of course, but I did get a really good look at quite a few Veery's which is always nice.
Take care all and I hope you all have a nice 4th of July. I'm headed north to get away from the heat and the bugs!