FW: [BIRD NOTES] July 25, 2007
At Allen Brothers Marsh in
At Allen Brothers marsh, Green Heron(6), Great Blue Heron(2), SORA (2) one heard calling five times from northeast corner and a JUVENILE (dull buffy breast, short pointed brownish-yellow bill) was observed from about three meters from the road and flew 15 meters north of roadside.
There was a LITTLE BLUE HERON at Hogle Wildlife Sanctuary in Brattleboro, as of about 9:30 AM.(7/20) The sanctuary is off Eaton Street (off Putney Rd) - look for the marker at the bend in the road before Eaton turns into Vermont St. Take the footpath to the boardwalk and bear left at the end of the boardwalk. Thirty yards further brings you to an opening in the tangles along the shoreline and you can look out over the water. The Retreat will be on your left. The bird was wading in weeds about halfway across the retreat meadows when looking at the fishing access. I expect the bird would also have been visible from the fishing access as well.
Robyn and I had a great evening(7/20) near sunset on the
------Paul Miksis & Robyn Flatley, Brattleboro, VT
An E-Mail from Lani in
I just thought I’d check in. So far I have seen and identified 149 species of birds. I have had two particularly stand out days of birding. One was in the
The other great day I was birding in the river basin below Macchu Picchu near the new museum. There were some scarlet flowered trees around there that were a magnet to the tropical tanagers. They were the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Gorgeous oranges and blues and goldens the only thing I can relate their patterns to are tropical fish. Five or six kinds all in one tree and very pretty with their little beaks full of prange flowers. Then the guardian who kept borrowing my binocs to watch the tourists in the ruins above us--heard a cock of the rock and dragged me off to find not one but two males. Spectacular!! Bright orange with silver feathered shingles down his back. The males congregate together on the same tree branch and when a female comes near they jump on each other and try to knock each other off leaving the winner to be --cock of the rock--Sorry this typewriter has all crazy punctuation when I hit the normal keys--Anyway, as you know there’s nothing more fun then birding and Peru has such an amazing variety of ecosystems to bird in there is truly never a dull moment. Thanks for the Bird Notes. I am enjoying them from afar. Best, Lani Wright
Symphony at Dawn
Slowly waking to cacophony,
Tuning of a symphony.
Then silent pause, pre-syncopation,
To build what's now
Sir Cardinal takes the opening bar.
Calling his wife,
Who responds from afar.
Repeating notes like a fine-tuned string,
To a fine violin.
Robin's come, she's trilling Ola,
With her viola.
Mourning doves are more like cellos,
A supporting cast
Of charming fellows.
Blue Jays' more a musical riddle,
Do they play brass,
Or more brass fiddle?
The shiny section starts en masse,
As Grackles screech
Like a hinge of brass.
Starlings add discordant notes,
As a little flock
Above us floats.
Hermit Thrush acts the hobo,
With perfect pitch,
On his solo oboe.
It's often nice to add a singer,
And Wood Thrush alto,
Is a real humdinger.
Nothing like a finale drummer,
And "Woody" throbs
Like a frenzied plumber.
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
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