The Red Eyed Vireo sings all alone in the deepest forest all day. If a bird sings in the forest and no one is there to hear, is it still beautiful? I'd say the answer is yes!
"Little guys sing the loudest," says the House Wren. Don't disregard someone just because they are small, because size isn't everything. Even small creatures have something important to contribute.
"Sit above the crowds to gain perspective," says this young Great Horned Owl. The masses walked below his nest tree all day, and he just watched, without becoming upset by the disruption to his routine. He knows he is still in charge. "I can see everything from up here."
The Common Yellowthroat recommends that you shouldn't be upset just because they call you "common." He hides in the brush and cattails, singing his distinctive song. We all know he's there, and it's a special occasion when we actually see and photograph him. "It's all a state of mind," he says.
The Cat Bird hops across the forest floor, tossing leaves over his shoulder. "The important thing," he adds, "is to pick up each leaf separately. This maximizes the findings, and thus, my dinner."
"The best bugs are always on the bottoms of the leaves, so don't stop looking," advises this Black Capped Chickadee. "The juiciest bug may be on the next leaf or the one after that. You just have to be persistent and keep your grip."
Although we birders are all looking for birds, they aren't the only things worth looking for in the marsh. We saw this wonderful hairy spider, a big snapping turtle, deer and a muskrat as well as birds. Everything is important.
The BSBO keeps a running list during the festival of all the birds sighted. Yes, with enough eyes on the job, all the warblers on the list can actually be seen! Although Dick and I like to bird and enjoy nature by ourselves, we do get better results when we go with other birders, and we learn so much from them. Thanks to everyone on the boardwalk for helping us find 23 different warbler species in our week! We will keep coming back to find the others.