The Bird Whisperer

This morning I woke up to the sound of blue jays squabbling and a downy woodpecker chipping away at the tree right outside my window.

From our vantage point from the second floor of our building, the lower branches of this tree are at eye level. This gives us front-row seats to daily performances by an impressive variety of birds. Some days are truly astounding, such as the time we all watched for half an hour or more as our resident osprey calmly devoured a fish on the nearest branch — a little gruesome perhaps, but very cool (see the picture in “The Usual Suspects” post). Other days are less dramatic but so charming. As I sit here now, for instance, I’m watching one of our resident anhingas (also described in “The Usual Suspects” post) melt into that tree,  black-and-white wing feathers blending so perfectly with the light and shadow on the branch that you wouldn’t see her even if I showed you a picture (I only saw her because she moved).

And as I sit here now, I can also hear the cry of a kvetcher bird, way off in the distance. (more…)

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The Usual Suspects

I work with binoculars and camera at the ready. I never know when something interesting or even amazing is going to happen right outside my door. My office door, you see, is a sliding glass door to the screened-in balcony, overlooking what they call a “lake” around here (it’s what we’d call a pond — maybe a big puddle). Here’s where I work:

From this privileged vantage point, I see a truly astonishing parade of birds almost every day. The very first morning after we arrived, we were greeted by: (more…)

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