Friday, May 31, 2013

Catbird Love

Turkey vultures

Came out of the parlor early this morning to the sound of sweet twittering coming from the front porch, that sounding board for so many birds each spring. They like to sit on the porch to sing and use the two story foyer of the house inside as a sounding board.

Sure does amplify their songs. The first great crested flycatcher I ever heard was during the flood of 2006. We were without power at the time and he sounded just like a smoke detector two floors tall.


This time I was glad I sneaked up to the door, even though I knew I was just hearing a catbird.

There on the step was a male, all puffed up and hunched over with a beak of of litter, singing madly to his lady love perched on the step above him.

Like Romeo and Kittyette, they performed their sweet opera...."La, la, la....marry me, come away and help me build a nest with these amazing twigs and stems and raise noisy little babies in the bushes, la, la, la....." until some sound from the yard sent them winging away. It was a fine way to start the day.

Great crested flycatcher


Rev. Paul said...

Wonderful! I do so miss songbirds from the Midwest (though not much else).

Terry and Linda said...

It is a fine way to start the day!


threecollie said...

Rev. Paul, I would miss them a lot, but I love the stuff you post and that eagle photography guy from up your!

Linda, it was so sweet! They tend to stay in the bushes so it wasn't something I had ever seen before.

Cathy said...

Awwww . . . well, how lucky can you get . . . to witness a sweet serenade like that.

And I've never seen a great-crested flycatcher that low. I always have to crane my neck.