[wisb] One-tree birding
- From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan2@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:00:50 -0700 (PDT)
Funny thing. I was out for nearly four hours today and the most fun birding of the day occurred in one tree...a 30-35 foot spruce just east of Milwaukee's Veterans Park lagoon. This spruce has a bumper crop of small cones. My attention was drawn by the flitting motions of small birds in the tree. I did my best Great Blue Heron imitation, slowly moving without appearing to move, step-by-gliding-step. I was doing this next to a sidewalk and I'm pretty sure I looked rather odd to passersby...crazy looking guy moving in extreme slow motion. Anyway, I got right up to the tree without alarming any birds. I counted five Red-breasted Nuthatches, a half dozen chickadees, several Golden-crowned Kinglets, a female Black-throated Blue Warbler, a Palm Warbler, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a female American Redstart. Some of the birds were eating seeds from the cones, and some were foraging for insects. The chickadees were doing a little of both. I was standing right up against the lower branches of the tree and, at one point or another, all of the aforementioned species came within arms length of me at head level. A chickadee almost brushed against me scavenging for insects. The redstart came within about a foot of my face. A Red-breasted Nuthatch worked on cones about ten inches from my face. And a beautiful female Golden-crowned Kinglet came almost as close. Unfortunately I had to sneeze (tried to stifle it as long as I could) and all the birds scattered. No new BIGBY birds, but a really fun experience none the less! Bernie Sloan Milwaukee #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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