Friday, May 08, 2009

Back on the Home Front

Who's to say the birding excitement ends when you come home from a festival? Not me! The echoing thunder outside says it's time to sit down and blog.
The most exciting birds are the Cooper's Hawks who are establishing a nest in the pine tree next door. Last month, I could have sworn I saw a pair of Crows going in and out of that nest. In our absence, I guess the Crows abandoned the nest, or got chased off by the hawks. Hmm, I thought that scenario usually went the other way, with the Crows being the aggressor. Aren't these two beautiful?
I don't think they actually have eggs yet. The female seems to spend a lot of time in the oak. When another Cooper's flew high overhead, she hurried back to her nest to defend it though, eggs or not. This morning she was standing on the edge, surveying the neighborhood. It's fun to hear them talk back and forth to each other. I don't think the human neighbors have any idea of the honor being bestowed on them.
All right, here we go. Hold your breath, 1,2,3....

Our new creek is full to the brim from all the rain in the last 2 weeks. This Robin has decided the creek is just right for bathing.
Magnolia Warbler

I discovered a new park nearby with wonderful birding opportunities in the marsh and wetlands surrounding Beargrass Creek, as it winds through the St. Matthews neighborhood in Louisville. In the midst of apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping malls and car dealerships, the city finally decided to preserve some of the wetlands for a change. It's really the sensible thing to do since Beargrass Creek floods whenever it rains more than 2 inches. In just a little over an hour this morning, I saw 31 species there, including 5 warblers that I located and identified myself-- a major accomplishment for a former warbler-phobe! Now if we could just convince them to perch for a few minutes it would be great! I found two mystery birds. The first was someone's escaped parakeet, playing with the big boys. The second is this one. Any suggestions out there? This is why I never wanted to look for warblers. Or is this some non-warbler?
Every play hide and seek with a squirrel? This is like the child who thinks you can't see him because his head is hidden! If the sun ever comes out again, I'm going back to this park to see what else I can find.
After about 13 weeks the city finally picked up the brush from the ice storm, as promised. YEAH!


KatDoc said...

Sweet Maggie! I didn't see one on this trip. And, to have breeding Coops in your neighborhood - if I didn't have a Purple Martin colony, I would be jealous, but with all my cavity-nesting birds, I surely don't need an accipter here.

Your mystery bird, the "non-warbler?" Try Warbling Vireo. I think that's right.


NCmountainwoman said...

That is definitely the most enthusiastic bath I've ever seen. That Robin looked like he was having a ball. I'm surprised he didn't ask you for a towel.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy,
I agree with Kathi, think it
is a Warbling Vireo. Still
waiting for them up here in
Minnesota. They have a really
distinctive song.
Hap in New Hope (MN)

Kathiesbirds said...

What fun with the Cooper's and the bathing robin! I agree with the warbling vireo ID also. I saw one at Nina's when I was there. Good job on finding all those warblers by yourself. I am a former wabler phobe myself. I'm glad we had all those experienced guides to help us while in WV!

Mary said...

That Robin made me laugh out loud!

I'm still vireo/warbler challenged.