Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A Miss That Turned into a Hit - Northern Mockingbird
Avenue in pursuit of a possible Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I have never seen one. I didn't know where Pine Bud Avenue was but a quick "Google" pointed me in the right direction. As I left Carpasian I was alert scanning all of the trees and yards for anything moving. Nothing....nada!
I crossed over Bonaventure Ave. into Pine Bud Place. At last I spotted three BC Chickadees sitting in a tree. I quickly pulled over and stopped because even this was better than nothing. I watched as they flitted around the almost empty Dogberry Tree. I sat in the car and watched. In no time they vanished.
This all occurred around 10:30 to 10:45 in the morning. I had been fretting a little because I got a late start on that morning. After seeing the mockingbird I wasn't fretting any more.
I hadn't forgotten about the possibility of seeing the Rose-breasted Grosbeak so I have driven Pine Bud Ave. and surrounding roads but have yet to find a flock of finches to scan. I must say that is about the only area that isn't bustling with finches. I have seen huge flocks flying over the Stick Pond turnaround and on Blackhead Road. There seem to be many finches and plenty of Purple Finches to check for any irregularities.
Wow! Two posts in one day! I felt rather verbose this morning but will stay home today to put together my Christmas Village with my eldest granddaughter so it is not likely that I will get back to my computer for any length of time today. Of course if a special bird turns up around town my dear granddaughter may get yet another lesson in bird birdwatching.
After thought: On Saturday evening my granddaughter and I were sitting in the car in Torbay waiting for the Christmas Parade. To fill the time, I made a little chip with my bird call that was in the cup holder in my car. I asked her, "What kind of bird was that?" Without a moment's hesitation she blurted out, "Speckled Warbler!" I was shocked. Where did she get that? I learned later that one of her favorite TV shows, "Max and Ruby" often carry out bird watching expeditions and they have found the rare "Speckled Warbler." Her exposure to that, I guess, has made my birding "normal" in her eyes.