With school now in session and most birds seen in the state, there isn't much to chase anymore. But the challenges are still there. How? Well, as birders of our own kingdoms, we are the watchers who protect and understand our area's birds well.
I put up their bird feeders and instantly heard the wonderful sounds of a Red-breasted Nuthatch. It's a special nuthatch in that it isn't as common as the Pygmy Nuthatch or White-breasted Nuthatch. But just 28 miles away from my home, they are present in small numbers.
I sent him my checklists from the previous years and he arranged for a flight during this time period. And so I returned to my "hotspots" where I count birds and found plenty of Hermit Warblers for him. In one spot, I had 10 of them!
I was happy and glad that they were easy to reach. Sometimes, you have to hike miles to find certain birds, but in this case, it's an easy walk. When someone visits from a "flat" area, the elevation can be a challenge. This is especially true for older birders. We'll take it slow and enjoy the views. I promised his wife I'd return him back alive:)
I'll write more about my friend Bernie when he comes to visit, but he is a very special guy. He may or may not know how much of an impact he has made on my life. I was a kid while he fought, protected and educated me(and many many others) about the environment. Today, his legacy is well known by many at a place called the Woodland Dunes.
I am crossing my fingers that the Hermit Warblers play nice for us on the weekend he comes to visit. He has taught me so many things in this life. And while he may not know me well, we know him. He's the guy who took us on the trails during the day and night looking for owls and deer.
|Bernie trains us all in the ways of banding. Here we learn how to band and release Northern Saw-Whet Owls|