As the cold weather has been creeping in, I’ve been getting a bit of cabin fever, and I must admit I’ve been feeling somewhat depressed. I’ve been off the depression meds for a few months now, and have been doing well, but I don’t like to have those feeling start to come back. I finally convinced my PCP to refer me to an oncologist so I can at least feel like someone is concentrating on my latest mammogram scare.
But, let’s forget that for a minute. Yesterday I noticed quite a few birds visiting the feeders. They had disappeared for a while, and I was worried that it would be a very quiet fall and winter. So, I was really glad to see some activity, especially when I noticed there were a few birds that didn’t look familiar to me. I got out my camera and started to take some photos through the back windows (which need a good cleaning from the recent storms and bug swarms). After I downloaded the photos, I found 3 birds that were “lifers” for me!
The first was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I could tell this was not a bird I had seen before, because its pecking on the tree was much faster and frantic than the woodpeckers I commonly see around here.
The second was a Brown Creeper (particularly appropriate for Halloween weekend). I never even heard of one of these before. At first I thought it was a Black and White Warbler, but on closer inspection, I discovered it was actually brown and white and more spotted than the warbler. It was racing up the tree, so most of my photos were very blurry.
The third was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I wasn’t at all sure what it was until I used Merlin to identify it. It was so small, and I thought it must be some kind of warbler. But it moved so fast that it was difficult to get a good look.
None of these photos are very good. All of the birds were mostly in the shade against bright sunny backgrounds. They were all there at the same time, and they were moving so fast that I didn’t have time to adjust my camera settings. But, I was so happy that the photos were good enough to make IDs! It was a good day, after all!