It is funny sometimes how blog posts come to be. I realized yesterday that I hadn’t updated about my proposed birding project despite the fact that I have indeed been doing a bit of work on it. But then, I never want to post a blog post without pictures, and I didn’t have any new bird photos to share. It was still fairly early in the morning – yeah, 9 am is early for me in the summertime, got something to say about that? – so I went out to the backyard to see if any birds would cooperate and pose a little bit.
You know what they say about sometimes forgetting to see the forest for the trees? While I was outside trying for those bird photos, it suddenly struck me that I was doing that. Yesterday was one of those beautiful mornings – sunny, blue sky with just a few puffy white clouds, low humidity, temperature only in the upper 60′s. I stepped back a little bit to breathe and take it all in. I was getting a little dizzy from looking up into the trees and trying to focus on the fast-flitting birds.
When I took the time to be in the moment, I also noticed the cool feel of the morning dew on my toes,
that the moon was out,
that the lantana was coming back for a second round of blooming,
and that the squirrel that has been vigorously picking acorns and knocking them out of my oak tree was up to some morning acrobatics.
So did I get any new bird photos to share? Yes and no. I saw the bright orange flash of the Baltimore orioles near the tip-top of a tree, but this underside of the belly and tail was the best I could catch:
A bird I’ve photographed plenty of times before, an American robin, stayed fairly close for a photo.
A gray catbird also posed for me. The only photo I’d ever gotten in the past of this bird was hidden among branches and badly blurred.
And I was able to add a photo of a bird that I’ve seen before but hadn’t been positive about identifying and had no photos of one in my collection, a northern mockingbird. This bird was at the top of a very tall tree, so this is very tightly cropped, but I think it came out okay:
So, progress on the birding project: I have a “confirmed” life list of 59 species of birds. This does not include many birds I’ve seen in captivity such as parrots, parakeets, cockatiels, flamigoes and penguins. I’m never likely to see those birds “in the wild” so my list would be well over 60 if those were included. I’ll definitely be bringing my checklist with me to Maine in the hopes of adding a few more “lifers”.
I hope you’ll remember to step back and enjoy a few beautiful moments too. Summer is quickly passing us by – enjoy it!