August 9 – Coping

It probably does not surprise anyone who knows me that in my attempt to lessen the pain of our dog’s death, I resorted to intensive bird searching in the bushes for little birds this afternoon, and then followed that with bingeing on sweets (Oreo McFlurry).

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I’m not sure that all worked that well but I did see a few birds and get some photos. I went to Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area primarily to look for warblers and sparrows.  I was able to photograph a couple of the Orange-crowned Warblers, but the Yellow-rumps and Wilson’s were seen but too well-hidden for photos.

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In among the flitting warblers was a single silent flycatcher, presumably an Alder Flycatcher, that disappeared immediately after I saw it.

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The Black-capped Chickadees appeared but the Boreal Chickadee and the Red-breasted Nuthatch that I heard were not seen.

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The only sparrows seen were a couple of White-crowned Sparrows.

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I thought that my birding was done as I left the Natural Area but just as I approached Jewel Lake I was delighted to see an Osprey soaring over the lake.

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Birding can be good for the soul.

289 species so far

 

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