Monday, December 24, 2012

More bird counting

Keeping count. Ridge Hill Reservation, Needham, MA
This time I took Lily with me, on a splendid morning bird count at Ridge Hill Reservation. If anyone is curious, here was our count.

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  13
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2

The bird of the day was the red-breasted nuthatch, seemingly everywhere and making a lot of noise. 13 is an undercount, for sure.


Chris Rich said...

Crows really took a hit from West Nile it seems. I wonder how long before resistant crow strains come about.

Here's a project... Thornton Burgess song covers.

I recall he had a few ditties laced into his stories.

One I remember was:

"Sammy Jay's a handsome chap,

He wears a coat of blue,

I wonder if that's really his,

Or if he stole that too.."

Peter Oehlkers said...

There are a couple of over-stuffed folders in the Burgess archives that hold nothing but page after page of his rhyming aphorisms. Apparently he wrote a pop song lyric or two in his earlier days.

Chris Rich said...

There is a Built to Spill cover of that ancient Yankee children's song,
"Froggy Did A-Wooing Go."

Between Thoreau and Burgess, Beston and Carson and the earlier 20th century prominence of Northeastern Fly Fishing, I get a sense that many of the nation's notions of the Living World were shaped here.

Augmentation from Muir and Aldo Leopold marked the participation of other regions and then we have Abbey and Barry Lopez moving it further forward.

Peter Prescott covers of Thornton Burgess... hmmmm.

Peter Oehlkers said...

Yes, in fact Northeast animal life still has a kind of hegemony when it comes to thinking about "normal" American wildlife.

The Prescott thing might not be far-fetched, if you consider what happened with the Del Fuegos...