Monthly Archives: May 2008

Finally! The mystery is solved

[cross-posted from Clutch Cargo Lips]

For the past several years I’ve been puzzled by a bird sound I hear in the spring. For a while I thought perhaps it was not a bird, but a delivery truck with squeaky wheels, but why was I only hearing it in the spring and early summer?

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of what I thought might be the bird, high in the tulip poplar that looms over my house. I knew it was a warbler, by its bill and the way it was moving. It was black and white with a bit of yellow.

I ran into the house and Googled warbler images and found the bird on a web site — Myrtle Warbler. Then I tried to locate a myrtle warbler on the Cornell Birding site, only to be redirected to yellow-rumped warbler. Hmm, seems like more names have been changed…

I checked out the sound of the yellow-rumped warbler and yes indeed, that was the sound I’d been hearing.

As much as I love my worn copy of Peterson’s, I have to love the internet for helping me quickly ID the bird.

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Road birds

sandhill crane

A little over a month ago I drove to Illinois to visit my mother for 12 days. On the drive there I thought I saw a great blue heron flying east while I traveled west. I was probably in Ohio at the time, or maybe just into Indiana. Anyway, I took a closer look at the bird and realized that its neck was sticking out and not pulled back. I realized that I’d just seen a sandhill crane! A first for me.

golden-crowned kingletMy mom has several bird feeders around her property and it was nice to see the juncos again. We have not had juncos at our house in Maryland for years, it seems.

On Saturday, April 5th we were in Lake in the Hills and while we were waiting for the cannon to be fired I followed a small bird flitting around in the vegetation by the lake. I noticed a flash of yellow on its head and thought kinglet. Neighbors let me look at their Petersons and I confirmed it was a kinglet, but was still not sure if it was a ruby-crowned or golden-crowned kinglet. When I uploaded the washed-out photo I’d snapped, I was more sure it was a golden-crowned.

What do you think?