An Amateur Birdwatcher's tally
“Ooh.” The excitement in my voice was clear. I tugged at my seatbelt and almost turned completely in my seat.” Katie was already hanging out the window, but she wasn’t looking at what I saw. My sister was driving and she was definitely distracted. “You need to turn around.” My tone was demanding. “If you don’t turn around you will be sorry.” This was not a threat but a promise. I had seen some wild birds amongst a flock of gulls. But these were different.
They were trumpeter swans. We had seen a pair on Green Valley road the week after Christmas. We didn’t expect to see them again this year. Now we passed a meadow full of gulls and these swans. What a coup in our bird watching adventure! I got a few pictures and we turned back toward Flaming Geyser Park.
We had already seen scrub jay in our yard, gulls, crows, pigeons, 2 blue herons, starlings, and a kestrel. Now we had a rare, at least to us, species. Farm country was pretty on the way to the park. The temperatures were in the 50s and there was no fog. We saw a hawk but only could guess it was a red tail.
At the park a pair of stellar jays played love songs to each other. A red wing black bird sang cheerily. And a flock of varied thrush flew away before I could get their picture. All in all, a good birding day.
The water was running hard and loud, and Maggie lunged happily along in the company of her cousin Sammy dog, who was visiting for the weekend. Take a look at my birding gallery for some pictures of pretty birds…
I love birdwatching. It's relaxing and fun. Even though I've been birding for over 10 years I classify myself as an amateur birder. I plan to write a blog each month about my experiences. Hope you enjoy them!