7 June, 2015 Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble
When you begin a project called Every living thing, you learn a lot. This week I’m learning humility! Along with other stuff. This week I learned how to tell swifts from swallows:
The humility comes when another example occurs of how much stuff there is at Pony Pasture. Because consider this example I’ve pondered lately. Honeybees have mites. Think how small those must be. Living things that size are at Pony Pasture. But I’ve not yet managed to photograph any.
I did add a new bird this week! The picture is not brilliant but I know what it is. This is a Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor):
Here’s another view – same bird – facing the camera:
That’s my only positive ID – and it’s not a terrific picture. But it’s definitely a Tree swallow. I watched it fly for a long time.
Earlier in the week I got another new bird – but I can’t get a positive ID from the pictures. The light wasn’t good and it was moving a lot. But you can definitely tell this is a pretty little bird. I’ll put in the few crummy photos I took. Maybe a viewer of this blog can ID the bird and let me know. I suspect it’s a warbler or a vireo of some sort.
What first attracted me was the sound. Listen to it here:
Here are a few pictures of the bird. Click them to make them bigger if you think it’ll help you with ID:
That is a tantalizing bird. You can see how appealing that must be. I’ll keep trying!
[[As of Monday morning, June 8, 2015 I’ve had two blog watchers (my friend Kim & one other) guess the above bird is a Yellow-throated warbler (Setophaga dominica). Click on that link and see if you agree; it appears to be correct. I’ll work on getting a better picture. And thank you for your assistance! And have a great day!]]
The hawks have been out all week. Look at this one yelling at one blue jay while another blue jay harasses it from the other side:
Here’s the pair – again:
Evelyn’s been working hard (and successfully) rehabilitating our yard. Our battered hydrangeas are making a comeback:
We’ve had two little birds fledge in the yard this week. I think they’re both sparrows of some sort. Or finches. One was on the mulch in front of the house while i was cutting the grass:
After a few minutes it gathered up its strength and flew past my ear and landed in the red maple in our front yard. A moment later an adult bird flew over for a visit. Another poor picture but nice – both later flew away looking energetic and healthy:
Then when I came home from Pony Pasture today, that bird’s nearly identical twin was sitting on our front steps. It looked a bit dazed and uncertain. I took a few pictures then it gathered its wits (and its energy) and flew off to a more comfortable perch:
Have a great week!
PS Can’t close this post w/o a picture of the dogs – great hike at the river this AM: