On Wednesday of this week I had been planning to drive to Cape May for an overnight to check out the migrating bird populations. Cape May is a wonderful place for bird watching and general photography. But as I walked around the yard on Wednesday morning the air was cool and the birds were singing loudly — in the end I decided to forego the 4 hour drive and just enjoy the local environment. I went over to the Worthington Farm at Monocacy National Battlefield Park and did some bird watching for a little while. In no time I found an Oriole, a couple of Bluebirds, a Warbling Vireo, and a couple of Indigo Buntings. This was the first time I had seen either the Vireo or the Buntings at Worthington.
When I came back I took at little walk in our woods and spied a Pileated Woodpecker but he refused to pose for the camera. They are big colorful birds but I find them camera shy.
The next morning I was delighted to find that birds are eating at our mulberry tree (Morus rubra) again. At ground level the berries still look green but the birds are finding the riper ones up in the tree. The mulberry tree is absolutely wonderful for attracting all kinds of birds. If nature didn’t give us one at the edge of the forest we would have had to plant one. In the last couple of mornings I’ve seen the Red Bellied Woodpecker, Bluebirds, Mockingbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Blackbirds, Goldfinches, an Indigo Bunting, Robins, House Finches, and Catbirds. The Cedar Waxwings, with their perfectly coiffed feathers, come in bunches.
The Mockingbird puts on a singing show for everyone. But as it turns out another accomplish singer is the Indigo Bunting. Although it would not pose directly in the Mulberry tree, it did go to the top of the Pine Tree and put on quite a singing show. This one was fully colored and it’s a shame I couldn’t a closer shot of those beautiful blue feathers.