With the ever-higher price of gas, and growing concerns about the environment, more and more of us are using public transportation. ... Starting this month, I am giving up my 1-hour commute by car into DC and my $275/month parking garage bill, in favor of driving to the local Metro station, parking there and taking the Metro into DC. I figure I'll save $200/month (More if the price of gas goes up. Perhaps I should say WHEN the price of gas goes up).
This morning, as I write this, I happen to be on an Amtrak train, bound for New York, where I have business for the day.
This got me thinking about birding by train. Well, It can be frustrating for sure, as the birds and bodies of water fly by so fast you barely get a first look at the birds, much less a second look. Still, there's always stuff to see.
This morning, I've had a Red-Shouldered Hawk calling within hearing distance of the platform at BWI Airport Rail Station; an Osprey hovering over a body of water north of Baltimore; and two Greater Black-Backed Gulls (or Black-Backed Gull, species, to be precise) on an old bridge piling in the Susquehanna River. My favorite place to check out on this route is the flats and marshes just south of New York, in the Seacaucus area. The train has to go slow at that point, and there are always Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, other waders and some ducks to see in the green bits of what is otherwise an industrial wasteland.
I'm even starting, just for the heck of it, a bird list for the New Carrolton, Metro stop in Prince George's County, Maryland. There's a very small bit of marshy area next to the parking lot where I park. The list is off to a reasonable start: Yellow Warbler calling, Grey Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Song Sparrow.
Birding - it's like kissing your sweetie (Hi Lisa!) you can do it anywhere.