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Maybe the best birding
Coming into work on Friday April 25, 2008 I had a unique experience of seeing a host of different birds in the space of about 10 minutes. I first encountered my Mockingbirds. Two came by to squabble over raisons. I put the raisons in a line rather than a pile so both could get some. This was just outside the back door to BSB. I walked around the west side of the building and saw a male Rufus-sided Towhee. The Towhees have been in the area for a couple of weeks. I then spotted an Ovenbird (a Warbler) in the same area - first of the season. Since I was early for work I walked over to the Fine Arts area where I have seen many birds. I wasn't disappointed. I heard a bird singing but didn't recognize the song. I got out my video camera to capture the audio. I was able to see the bird also - a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. This bird has been in the area for about 6 weeks now. I was able to get extensive video and great audio. The bird ignored me and came very close while I was taping. During the taping I saw a flash of white which I assumed to be a White-throated Sparrow. I got some good video of this bird later. Also during the taping I noticed some other movement and saw a larger bird on one of the Crepe Myrtle branches. It turned out to be a Hermit Thrush - again the first of the season but who knows since these birds can winter here but they are hard to see. I did get some video of it also. At one point I stopped taping to investigate some noises. It was a Rufus-sided Towhee digging in the leaf litter under the Spreading Yews just behind the Crepe Myrtle. So in 10 minutes - 2 new arrivals (Ovenbird & Thrush), 2 recent arrivals (Towhee & Kinglet), and 2 permanent residents (Mockingbird & White-throated Sparrow) - besides the normal Robins, House Sparrows, and Cardinals that were around.
Ovenbird at BSB -frame clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008 - morning)
Hermit Thrush at Fine Arts -frame clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008 - morning))
Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Fine Arts -frame clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008 - morning))
Around lunch time I walk over to the Fine Arts area to see if the birds were still around. They were and I was able to get some video of the Hermit Thrush. There is some extra noise on the video - the ground maintenance group were out with leaf blowers. Along with the Hermit Thrush I found an Ovenbird, Robin and White-throated Sparrow (really bright white stripes on its head).
Hermit Thrush at Fine Arts -frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008 - lunch time)
I wandered over to the same area after work and taped some birds songs. I couldn't see the bird though. There is a lot of extra noise on the video - there was a large group of young children in the area and their voices echo off the brick of the Find Arts building. This time I again found the Ovenbird, a Robin, a male Rufus-sided Towhee, and a White-throated Sparrow.
Ovenbird at Fine Arts -frame clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008 - evening)
MS Photo Story presentation of the Ovenbird
Video in Real Media format of the Ovenbird
Rufus-sided Towhee at Fine Arts - frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19 (April 25, 2008).
The sound of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the morning.
Another version of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
of the birds in the early evening.
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Ed McHugh, OIT Camden Computing Service.
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