Yes, we have had great fun in our back yard watching families of
Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice and Grackles all learn
to cope with their new world. If you've never read Bernd Heinrich's
delightful discussion of a mother Canada Goose teaching her babies to
distinguish various objects as they learn what they can eat and what
they should avoid, I point you to his book The Geese of Beaver Bog.
>Couldn't possibly agree more. For anyone who enjoys watching
>behavior, June and July are great fun because of all the fledglings.
>I love hearing just-fledged birds peeping from deep inside various
>bushes where their parents have parked them for safety, watching the
>new Tree Swallows careening wildly around and crash landing as they
>learn how their wings work, woodpecker young chasing their parents
>up and down tree limbs begging for food, etc. It doesn't last long,
>only a few days after fledging before they've mostly learned the
>On 7/18/2011 8:08 PM, Patti Haynes wrote:
>>It may be mid-July, and the birding a bit slower, but there are still fun
>>places to visit and birds to be discovered.
>>Last Saturday, on a whim, I headed for the Brilyea Access at Dead Creek
>>(Addison Co.) after reading of Ian Worley's shore bird finds. I was lucky
>>enough to meet up with Ted Murin when I arrived, and by the end of that
>>visit logged 40 species. Two were life birds for me.
>>This afternoon I had to pick up my car after repair. I was only a few miles
>>from Berlin Pond (Washington Co)...so off I went. It was a late start, but I
>>still found 32 species. There was a family of Flickers and Veerys. What fun
>>to watch and hear!
>>The bottom line to this is to encourage you to keep (e)Birding in the dog
>>days of summer.....but maybe I'm preaching to the choir!