I can barely get anything done when I'm at home because I keep chasing down new bird songs - "Who's that? Who says that? I can't remember who makes that sound! Where IS that doggone bird?!" Trying to ID the birds by ear is such fun, like a game! Birding by ear is important right now because you often hear the bird before you see it, and even when you do see it, it might be so far up in the trees that it may be difficult to make an ID just on color or field marks alone... sometimes the bird's song seals the deal.
So some of the exciting new arrivals I've seen and/or heard since last Friday include:
- Wood Thrush
- Ovenbird (haven't seen it yet, but I hear them all over the woods!)
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Red-eyed Vireo
- White-eyed Vireo (heard only)
- Scarlet Tanager
- Summer Tanager
- Nashville Warbler
- Cerulean Warbler
- Black-throated Green Warbler (heard only, just yesterday evening)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (first seen yesterday evening)
- Great Crested Flycatcher (heard only)
We are very fortunate to live on such a wooded plot of land and that so many of these birds are attracted to our woods - I count my blessings every time I hear or see one of these beauties. I've never found evidence of any of them actually nesting here, but I've spent all of my birding time over the last few years just getting to know the birds themselves (field marks, songs, calls, habitat preferences, etc). I figure finding and knowing nests will come in due course.
Unfortunately lots of these birds hang out pretty high in the trees, so I haven't been able to get many good shots of any of them. Here are some photos, some from this year, but most from previous springs, that represent some of our common spring migrants:
Just a reminder to any readers from Ohio and neighboring states: the Birding by Ear weekend at the Wilds is just 1 month away!! I have no idea if there are any spaces left, but if you're at all interested, call or email them to find out! (There's a link over on the sidebar.) I'd love to see some of you there!