Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hope is a Thing with Feathers...

Ed greeted me this morning with a cup of coffee and an invitation to go out with him for some early-morning birdwatching. Your blog post today is brought to you by Ed, along with our "Life List" for Farm Dover. 

It was the bird that got me interested in bird watching ten years or so ago.  We were on an overnight to Shakertown for Mary’s May birthday with some of her friends. We stayed in an old stone house in a field, a walk from the village. 

A stream ran through the yard and watered a small hedge. For some reason I had binoculars when I noticed a flash of neon orange in the hedge. It was a northern oriole – a most spectacular bird and a joy to watch. 

I’ve only seen one other – until Sunday when I was delighted to spot a pair of orchard orioles in one of our fields. I hope it’s a nesting pair.

That puts an exclamation point on the list of birds we’ve seen on Farm Dover so far. I’m not much of a hand at bird identifying, so I hope there are more to spot.

Female Orchard Oriole

Male Orchard Oriole
 Life List for Farm Dover
Mockingbird
Robin
Blackbird
Red-Wing Blackbird
Starling
Brown Thrasher
Quail
Turkey Vulture
Wild Turkey
Meadow Lark
Killdeer
Red Tail Hawk
Northern Harrier
Cardinal
Gold Finch
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Blue Jay
Great Blue Heron
Louisiana Water Thrush
Dicksissel
Eastern Kingbird
Catbird
Cowbird
Dove
Bluebird 
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Hummingbird
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Breasted Chat
Baltimore/Northern Oriole
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red Head Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Kestrel
Belted Kingfisher
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Harrier
Woodcock
Merlin
Wood Thrush
Rock Dove (Pigeon)
Eastern Towhee
Palm Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Tufted Titmous
Mallard
Osprey
Gosshawk
Sandhill Crane
Eastern Wood Peewee
Summer Tanager
Blue-winged Warbler
Green Heron
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Yellowlegs
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Screech-Owl
Bald Eagle
and, of course, Orchard Oriole

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