Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter present!

 
No, no, not the Easter basket that Princess got me, or the lovely brunch she served up, although those were wonderful, too.
 
We were laying in bed, rubbing our tummies and bemoaning the grey, rainy weather when word came in that James Moore had discovered a Franklin's Gull in a field just outside Frederick, Maryland. State Bird!!! And if accepted, a first county record for Maryland's Frederick County.
 
Birdcouple was on it, not letting the weather or the nasty cold afflicting Lisa get in the way. No, nothing would stop us, not even this fearsome sign:
 
 
 
Well, it was an emergency A BIRD emergency.

Here's a better view of the bird, with a little help from Photoshop:



HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Friday, March 29, 2013

When we run into someone birding and all they talk about...

was how many great birds they got on the last pelagic... which we missed....

Monday, March 25, 2013

They flew on back!



After wintering WAY south of the border, they first started showing up in early March in ones and twos along the eastern coasts and bays in Maryland.

By mid-March, they had moved north and west, and were back at Jug Bay along the Patuxent River, doing their annual courtship and nesting:

 
 
 


 
But 3 can be a crowd.


 
 
Ospreys are magical, more so because they leave us in the fall and return reliably each March. We look forward to seeing these sights all spring and summer long:
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

City Birds Enjoy Cigarette Butts....

Well, they enjoy using them to line their nests.   According to this  - birds have figured out that the end of a smoked cigarette can be used to repel parasitic mites.  It seems the nicotine in discarded butts is a natural bug repellent and nests that contained used smokes had the fewest mites.

There are also a host of birds that eat discarded cigarette butts and die.

So, no excuse to not pick up your butts!

Said the ex-smoker.

Thanks to Paul Baicich for passing this along to us...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Further proof crows are really smart

Warren and Lisa put out stale, hard bread for the foxes, raccoons, whomever...





Crow finds bread, and takes it to the melted water in the birdbath...







 











Crow softens bread.








Crow eats bread.
 
Fox and raccoon go hungry.