Monday, May 11, 2009

The tail of 2009 spring birding

That's an extremely rare mangrove warbler that Scarlett Colley shot with her super-camera. From what we can tell that's a solitary male but Scarlett things there might be a female around. Scarlett is adorable, and makes kissy squirrel sounds to attract the male into poses like this.

But alas, this year was the pure-D worst for spring migrating birds that I've ever seen. Sure, we had some unusual birds, but few were on the island and most were up the Valley. The cool fronts were wimpy and there was no water or bugs or seed for the birds to want to hang around here. Now the season for summer offshore birds starts, soon as these giant waves will calm down and we can get on a boat without going airborne. I've seen some very strange birds out like 30 or 40 miles into the Gulf, and wish I knew more about them, large and small.

But I am happy to say that Scarlett's mangrove warbler is a full-time resident of the Laguna Madre, a truly rare and very beautiful bird. Ask her to make that sound she makes to attract the male and I know you will smile.


Rob Nixon said...

Birds are cool but you birders are weird man.

I mean you sit there all day just to get the perfect shot of a bird that is here for only a short time. How fleeting is that?

Oh yeah, I seek out waves which according to Dora are only illusions.

“Waves are the ultimate illusion. They come out of nowhere, instantaneously materialize and just as quickly they break and vanish. Chasing such fleeting mirages is a complete waste of time. That is what I choose to do with my life.”—Miki Dora

OK so we're both weird!

Sam said...

I guess I'm a truly weird dude, since I'm not a birder and I'm not a true surfer. I do like interesting birds (and feeding them) and am a sponger and body surfer, though!

Gosh there for a while I brewed my own beer, got my own recipes going, and the general comments was that it was "unique." Gee thanks, folks.

Even stranger yet, I seem to fit right in down here.

Rob Nixon said...

You brewed your own beer?

That is very cool.

Stay weird!