Sunday, March 20, 2016


The NYC crew is only home for a few hours this weekend, but the best will be made of the interlude.

Last night, after supper, Alan and I took the "new" Durango on its baptismal birding run. We went first to the pond up by Lykers Road and then to the Rural Grove State Forest, where there are both another small pond and a number of vernal pools.

At Lykers we saw a low-swooping Red-tailed Hawk, which barely missed dragging his talons through the water, so low did he fly.

A pair of Canada Geese, not much concerned about our arrival, plus a pair of Hooded Mergansers sailing among the cattails. I was watching the latter when the male spread his glowing crest, just so the light of the setting sun shone right through it. Wow. You can't make that stuff up.

As we drove to Rural Grove the sun continued a long, slow, decline from the day, turning the still-naked horizons amazing shades of peach and clear, crystal, orange. There was little moisture in the cold, sharp air, and the views were stunning.

Even more stunning were the things we found, just as we entered the state lands. Someone had evidently been butchering and there were three of these things sticking up from the ground like macabre sentinels guarding the gates. 

Undaunted, we proceeded anyhow, and found Mallards, the remains of someone's wild bonfire night, and peepers singing the siren song of spring. They were all around us but not a single wood frog chuckled from the wooded puddles. Might have been too cold as temperatures dropped into the teens very rapidly.

Anyhow, it was a fine interval between work and worry, and I thank Alan for thinking of it and for taking me out there. Now the new car knows the way to at least a couple of our birdy hotspots......


Jan said...

It's good to get the most out of a few hours.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

What a fine afternoon! Your vivid writing brought me right along with you, and I thank you for that.

ellie k said...

We have two red tailed hawks that have become very brave in our yard. They swoop right down and catch whatever and sit there and eat there catch. They used to grab and go. I love watching them and have had a couple of very close up views from the door.

threecollie said...

Jan, it was a lot of fun, and good to get out for a bit.

Jacqueline, thanks, it was breathtakingly lovely. Cold, but a wonderful evening.

Ellie, that is really cool! We have had a resident pair since i moved here, but they are not at all tame.

Linda said...

Sounds like fun...the birds are staring to come back here too. Meadow larks and Kildeer yesterday.

Terry and Linda said...

Pig heads...weird! But the birds are back and you were able to see some. That is a very good thing!


threecollie said...

Linda, wow! You are ahead of us!No Killdeer here yet, and I watch and listen every day. This late cold snap seems to have stalled everything.

Linda, it was so creepy! It was just dusk.....and there were three of them....and they were HUGE!