Saturday, March 3, 2007

Spring?! (4)

MUST be spring. It's almost 60 degrees F out there. Just saw a butterfly -- species unknown -- fly through our front garden.

Tomorrow, BirdCouple heads out early (4am!!!) to try to see the reclusive American Woodcock. Each spring, at dawn and dusk, male Woodcocks do an amazing courtship display, flying in spirals as they call a very nasal "Peent!" But you have to get up early to see it. Did I mention early?

Doing a bit of research for this post, I learned that the American Woodcock is basically a shorebird that evolved to live in the forest, where it searches for worms and stuff with its long bill.

The only time I've ever seen a Woodcock is in downtown Washington, D.C., where, sadly, it crashed into an office building window (probably saw the reflection of sky) and I followed it to where it huddled in the doorway of a nearby building...

- Warren

A D.C. Birding Blog has an interesting post about two recent articles in Birder's Digest magazine that talk about bird blogs. Check it out.

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