Monday, March 31, 2008

Lisa's Eyes

are happy. And so are her ears!

BirdCouple saw and heard lots of great birds Sunday morning, and it was worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. for the Anne Arundel Bird Club's annual "Woodcock walk," led by our friend Kathie Lambert.

We saw Blue-Winged Teal, Green-Winged Teal, Ring-Necked Duck, Eastern Phoebe and lots more at Wooten's Landing, in south county.

Oh, almost forgot the Bluebirds:

We heard a pair of Great Horned Owls calling back and forth in the moonlit dawn just before sunrise. Magical. Also heard a Barred Owl calling. And yes, there were Woodcocks, although it seemed to be a bit too late in March to see their crazy, aerobatic flying and mating display.

Dan Haas used his iPhone and speakers to get a Virginia Rail to call out from the marsh. A life bird for BirdCouple!

The Red-Winged Blackbirds were calling out on their territory, red-orange epaulettes flashing brightly. A reminder that it is time to celebrate spring. But first.... BirdCouple needed a nap.

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