Monday, August 31, 2009

Scissor-Tailed!!


Lisa and I got in some very brief, but very pleasurable and very efficient, birding Sunday morning with our dear friend Peter Kaestner, who, with his family, is now back from India.

We were chasing a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, a marvelous bird not often seen in these parts. It had been hanging around for a week just a couple of miles outside the lovely little Eastern Shore town of Sudlersville, Maryland. (Sudlersville, as everyone knows, is the birthplace of baseball hall of famer Jimmie Foxx, and there's a statue in the center of town to commemerate him).

We headed north of town to the spot where the bird had been, well, spot-ted. Cruising down a two-lane country road, Peter and I both eyed a bird on a telephone wire. We slowed. We stopped. We turned around. We looked. Bingo.

Warren's and Lisa's cameras -- yes, cameras - were on the blink, but Peter took both these lovely shots. We're grateful he shared them with us for Birdcouple-blogging purposes.

Here's another of Peter's shots. You can clearly see where the long tail-streamers have broken off. Is this molt? A juvenile bird? Birdcouple must research and find out!





Then it was off to a nearby sod farm, where we ran into friends Ross Geredien and Dave Curson, and enjoyed shorebirds, like Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs and American Golden-Plover. Then, all too soon, it was time to say goodbye to Peter and friends, and head home ... for a sunset cruise in a schooner. But that's another post.





7 comments:

Albert said...

One of my all time favorites when we lived in Texas. I especially enjoyed the arial display they make.

Chris Petrak said...

Congratulations on the STFL!

Ross Geredien said...

Ohh, sunset cruise, now that sounds nice.
Great to see you guys out there!

Kathiesbirds said...

How amazing to see the scissor-tailed there! Too bad it had lost its streamers! Without them it looks amazingly like like a western kingbird!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

It does! I had to do some looking through the field guides just to make triplesure it wasn't a Western Kingbird!
-W

Jenna said...

Great pictures! You got so close! We have the chance to get really close with nature out here in Newfoundland too...lots of birds to be seen and photo ops to be had!

http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/BirdWatching/Default.aspx

dAwN said...

Excellent...Great sighting and shots!