|Praying Mantis in our garden|
Now I know it doesn't seem apparent but I have actually taken a break from chasing birds. I've just planned out my posts until I get back on the road again which will be soon. The fact of the matter is that I needed to take a break about 4 months ago! I don't know how people with Big Years do it! There will always be rare birds flying in and out of the state. Sometimes, I just have to sit back and say, "Time out." And I'm actually okay with it this time. I like taking a stroll and counting birds without feeling that anxiety of dipping on a bird.
Surprisingly enough that is when I found another lifebird.....the MacGillvray's Warbler. I was at a picnic table just sitting and watching several tiny birds flitting around on the ground. This bird gave for a good show and got me a bit excited:) It was nice just to see it as I saw it and not follow a report.
There are plenty of distractions like seeing a bat fly around during daylight hours. It only did so because a Gila Woodpecker was bugging it's sleeping spot. Sometimes it's about knowing our own birds well. It's fun to observe wildlife.
So while I am taking a break, I've been putting together several photo essays dealing with black birds, hummingbird migration, warblers, and kingbirds. There are several more posts from Guatemala, New Mexico, Colorado, Wisconsin and Northern Arizona coming up. As you can see, a break was needed.
This video was taken in Tucson, Arizona by a resident. You can see why the hummingbirds are stand offish at the feeders. At about 2:25, the Mantis captures a bee coming to a feeder. It's amazing the battles that can happen right outside of our windows. I love hummingbirds and I love the mantis but I don't like these intelligent insects around my feeders:) Thankfully they only show up during the monsoon season:) Much more coming up! Until next time......