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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nerdy Birdy: Salisbury, North Carolina

My parents retired and now travel across the USA in an RV. My nephew likes to say that they live in the forest... why yes, yes they do! I could totally see myself doing this for a few years when Mr. Rogue and I retire. My parents get to see so much of the country, visit state parks, bike, kayak, walk the beaches, see the museums, visit zoos. By constantly traveling they are somewhere new every other week. I would LOVE IT!

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MY PARENTS, THEY LIVE IN THE FOREST

I went out a few times by myself to get a couple photos of the birds in the campground. The bird that was most often seen at the park was the Chipping Sparrows, they were EVERYWHERE. Although I have seen this bird before in Michigan at my grandmother’s house I haven’t seen them in the hordes that were at this park. Everywhere you looked was a chipping sparrow, or a pair of chipping sparrows. Of the four times I went out to bird I got hundreds of Chipping Sparrow photos. These are my favorites... and I am partial to the little guy who just got drenched after the rain!

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CHIPPING SPARROW

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CHIPPING SPARROW PAIR

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A LITTLE WET CHIPPING SPARROW AFTER A BREIF RAIN

Another common bird at the park were the pair of Red Tailed Hawks that were often circling overhead. I took a photo of one of them soaring low. These are such beautiful birds, although I see them often (they are the most commonly seen hawk) I love their beauty and grace.

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RED-TAILED HAWK

This park is pretty nice. With green green grass, a small lake and tons of trees it was really pretty. That coupled with the fact that there were only a few other people here made you feel like my parents had a giant backyard.

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A few times my mom came out with me, my dad went out once and Zeus, their Maltase aka baby sweetheart, came with us a couple times because he needed a little exercise.

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ZEUS TAKING A BREAK IN THE SHADE

I love when I bird while traveling, I almost always find new birds that I haven’t been able to see in California and while I was visiting my parents I found 3 new birds to cross off my Nerdy Birdy List which is HUGE! I was so happy.

My first new bird was the Pine Warbler. I was pretty excited when I found it, I was mostly sure it was a new bird. It is hard to identify some birds and I am still learning. When I got back my mom and I poured over the bird books. I had brought mine and she took out the two she had. Between the books and the internet we finally managed to identify this little guy as the Pine Warbler, which was a new bird for me HURRAH!

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PINE WARBLER

Another new bird I saw was a NUISANCE to photograph. We were out in town and I didn’t have my large bird lens. Instead I had just my regular 24-105 lens which is so not a birding lens. Normally I wouldn’t have bothered taking photos of birds but I was pretty sure I hadn’t seen this bird before. Aside with the issue that I didnt have the right lens is that the bird was a swift. Swift meaning virtually impossible to photograph because they fly so fast. I managed to get a photo to identify this as a new bird, the Chimney Swift, so I can cross it off my Nerdy Birdy List but it wasn’t a Kodak shot by any means.

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CHIMNEY SWIFT

My third and final new bird was found by accident. I was looking for a Cardinal I heard calling when I spotted this silent bird foraging high in the upper story of a tree. I knew it was a new Vireo, I just wasn’t sure what kind it was. I only managed to get 3 clear photos and was lucky to get those. He didn’t stick around for very long at all and we lost him fast. A new bird for me to cross off my Nerdy Birdy List it is the Red-Eyed Vireo.

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RED-EYED VIREO

My mom and I heard the call of an unusual bird. Both of us couldn’t recognize the call and sometimes when you can’t recognize the call it means a new bird. We were both really excited and then we spotted it... hummm it sounds different but it looks familiar. It ended up being a Summer Tanager female. Both of us had seen this bird before but neither of us had heard the unusual call.

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SUMMER TANAGER FEMALE

I got super excited when I noticed some birds high up in a pine tree. I had to run back inside to get my mom and my bird book because I thought I had spotted a group of Bohemian Waxwings. In the end it ended up being the more common Cedar Waxwings. Even birders with experience can make mistakes.

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CEDAR WAXWING

I noticed a large brown bird foraging in the brush under a tree. He was pretty concealed so i just waited for him to come out. Often moving closer to get a better look will scare more timid birds far away. I finally got enough of a glance to see it was a Brown Thrasher, a bird I have only seen once before. I waited and bided my time until he got close enough for some good shots. This is a super shy bird and I love the photo that I managed to capture.

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BROWN THRASHER

2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

The campground looks beautiful and empty! Looks like a magnificent place to escape!

paul peggy zeus said...

Yeah, we live in the forest. Three new birds! That's awesome!!!

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