[wisb] Riding with the Nighthawks
- From: Nancy Richmond <polarpastor@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: Wisbirdn <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 08:05:11 -0500
Late afternoon was so beautiful yesterday I took my bike out for an hour riding country roads. I've worked out a route that is relatively dog-free, has some nice hills and variety of ag land, ponds and woods. I had my small bins in my underseat bag, but never took them out. But that's not to say it was a birdless ride. It was a wonder. Farmers here have been working on their second cutting of hay. It finally rained enough a couple weeks ago for it to grow. The countryside is a patchwork of patterns in a variety of greens. Corn fields stand tall and bright. Fields with hay just cut, some raked, others being baled. A few trees are changing. Everywhere I went there were Common Nighthawks. Swooping over the fields. They were especially abundant over the cut hay, but they even swarmed around the old red International tractor making its way noisily across a field pulling a rhythmically thumping baler and hay wagon. Most of the time, it was close to quiet. My tires whirred and the Nighthawks danced against the blue sky. Silent. circling. twisting, turning. Quick wingbeats buoying them up. A sharp cut might net a juicy insect or avoid another bird. Bluebirds and a Kestrel on the wires. Sparrows flying into shrubs. A gang of Flickers flushing from the sandy crossroad. Grackles squeakily objecting to me riding under "their" roost trees. I turned off my mental bird counter and just enjoyed the gift of the day. The Nighthawks flew high above the spring fed ponds, while Cedar Waxwings took midrange insects and a few migrating Cliff and Barn Swallows skimmed the surface. There was much more than Nighthawks, but they dominated the late afternoon and my skies. They flew and I flew with them - even though my tires stayed on the ground. I know how long I was out and how far I rode, so I could put it in eBird, except for one thing... how do you enter a gazillion?! Nancy Richmond Polar- Langlade Co. #################### 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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