a few notes while sitting outside having morning coffee

23 Feb

Every morning, small flocks (10-20 birds) of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS fly over the park from east to west.  I suppose they are heading off to forage somewhere, after roosting for the night.

For the past month, a cluster of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS (about 50 birds) have been hanging around the park.  They are usually found near the feeder station out behind the library or around the Resaca (lake) next to the park.  But for some reason, the past several days, quite a number of them have been favoring the tree at the back of our trailer.  Quite a sound to wake up to each morning.  I made this recording this morning.

Red-winged Blackbirds at the trailer

Of course the NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS and the CURVE-BILLED THRASHERS add to the morning bird song chorus, making sure everyone is awake.  However, another bird that has been hanging around our trailer this past week is a TROPICAL KINGBIRD.  TROPICAL KINGBIRDS and COUCH’S KINGBIRDS both breed here in the valley.  They are nearly identical and the best way to tell them apart is by their song.  This particular bird likes to sit high in the tree and sings periodically so identification is easy.

Migrants heading north are starting to be reported.  Yesterday, I read about a few flocks of Purple Martins that have appeared in a couple of areas.  Tree Swallows are around.  Tropical Kingbirds seem to be more common now than when I first arrived on Jan. 6th.

I wonder what will be the next migrant to show up.

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