~A Sojourn~ Life on Planet Earth~
header photo-Riley Moore Falls, Oconee Co., SC
"Did you ever suffer an attack of a wandering foot caused by the lure of that mystic unknown? There's is no permanent cure, relief only had
while making the wilds your home."
My February birding is off to a slow start so I plan some sort of strategy . Got my Wild Turkey flock...right where they should be...BAM and the next day another flock....ebird said that's a large number for this time and location, BAM photo showing all 27 take that!! First new add for the month!
followed by the Loggerhead Shrikes, 3 to start with then BAM 2 more for a total of 5 so far this week. Two of them only 2 tenths of a mile down my road!
..and even got his call on video, not the best due to the distance he was away but it's the first time I've actually heard one call! Very hard to hold the zoom still...
Spring has hit us and I hope the rest of the plants and flowers will hold off because we know it's only a tease, ANY kind of weather could arrive without warning.
This month our Challenge is a photo. That's a tough assignment with my camera in it's current condition! (focusing issue) BUT I will submit 2 of something end of the month.
got this pine warbler n BLUE sky pretty decent
So my strategy is to make a list of what is coming via the migration and to look at my past sightings that were within my radius and hope I can find it there again, and I could check other birders lists by species to see what they are finding.
This is one my locations...the road was freshly graded, but that makes it soft and easy to get stuck "knock on wood". The Throughfare Branch runs here so it's kind of birdy...be a good spot to check for Prothonotary Warbler soon.
Here is the branch if you listen carefully you can hear the rushing water, it is swampy so many warblers love this type habitat...only saw the Pine in there on this trip but more will come (I hope)
I came across this old cabin in Quadrant Two of my 5 MR...looks like it has been here a while eh?
One contender put it this way, a 5 Mile Big Year and actually that is what it is! Wow. Some of my def reliable birds will come nest right here in my yard so that will be easy. Others will be sheer luck if they show up again where they have in the past. So a game plan is in the making.
This Blue Jay was having a shouting match with one on the other side of the road don't know if you can hear the whole squawk fest, it's so wonderful to be a witness!!
I decided to make my photos bigger since you can't click and enlarge, so a bit sticks under the edge of the right margin, but I think I like it.
Until next time...
All things come to an end....Tioga George passed away and David of the Direction of Our Dreams lost his long battle , and last May Lynn of Winnieviews lost her battle also....I respected each of these bloggers who didn't give up on life just because it got tough. RIP and my condolences to the families.