Perfect November moment. As the fog begins to lift on the meadow, the clear whistles of white-throated sparrows ring out. The exact spot where I could stand in June listening to the counter-singing of song sparrows, I could stand today listening to white-throated sparrows counter-singing. Chorus 1 (a little slow to start). Chorus 2 (now the counter-singing really starts) Chorus 3 (full on, flock of blackbirds flies over at end)
I managed a few photos. The white-throats were everywhere.
Here comes the sun, lighting up the juncos, cedar waxwings and house finches. (I like the colors above, though I needed Lily to confirm that the berries were in fact pink).
But the red-tailed hawk. Where could it be?
I also took a stroll around Purgatory Cove in Waltham while Lily was at a birthday party today. Someone (or nature) has constructed a nice stump-based planter. (Is that corn?) Saw a few pie-billed grebes in the river.
Looking goofy. And elegant. A little bit of conflict. Ouch. I like the clip below. One coot dives and the other one "accidentally" pecks it on the way up...
On Rosemary Pond in Needham, dozens of hooded mergansers. I was a bit far away, and behind a tree, but I think I captured the overall impression below. One moment they are there, then all of a sudden gone, and then reappear.
I scored a copy of Lang Elliot's The Song of Insects at a local used book for $4 last night. Today I discovered that the enclosed CD was cracked--that's why it was so cheap! So I was happy to find that the associated web site allows you to listen to the songs one by one. I highly recommend taking a spin through them, if just for the close-up views of some stunningly interesting creatures. Here's the link to the Master Species List.