For the past three years or so, I’ve been hearing an unusual bird singing from somewhere near the edge of the woods behind our house. I have heard it in various places in the yard and across the street as well. I have yet to see this mysterious bird that I have dubbed the Frog-Bird.
You’re probably wondering why I refer to this bird as the Frog-Bird. It’s simple- when it sings, it croaks like a frog and tweets like a bird. It sounds something like this- croak, croak, croak, tweet, tweet, tweet. I have searched online birding sites, googled “bird that sounds like a frog” and cannot find a similar sounding bird or anyone else who has heard one. It’s very good at hiding because I’ve heard it many times over the past few years, but have been unable to locate it. I’m convinced it’s a bird rather than a frog because it tweets after it croaks.
I’d love to know if anyone else has ever heard a bird like this one and what kind it might be. It could be another bird, such as a Catbird, mimicking other sounds, but it’s the same song each time, so I’ve pretty much ruled that out. In the mean time, I will keep listening for and searching out the elusive Frog-Bird.
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Until recently, when someone spoke of Robins, I pictured a mid-sized songbird, grayish-brown in color with an orange-red breast and belly. It wasn’t until I started following other “birders” on Instagram that I found out there is another Robin in the world. This not-so-new Robin is the European Robin! American Robins are actually named after the European Robin because of their red breast, and while both are part of the Thrush family, they are not closely related.
(Photo of European Robin courtesy of Wikipedia; American Robin- Karen Hance)
Today is Earth Day 2017, a day when we are reminded to reuse, recycle and repurpose everyday items that might otherwise end up in our landfills and further pollute our planet. If everyone did their part to recycle, we could reduce the amount of garbage we produce and lessen the impact it has on our planet. I read an article online today that said the average person throws away approximately 2 1/2 pounds (1.134 kg) of trash per day- that’s a lot of garbage! Just think about all of the items that go in the trash at home, school, and work, then multiply that times the 319 million people that live in the United States or the 7.4 billion people in the world. It’s mind boggling! What are we going to do when we run out of landfill space? And do we really want to continue looking at landfills? Something needs to be done and recycling is a great way to start.
While searching online recently for outdoor Bird Watching activities, I came across an exciting event I wanted to share with you. The Buffalo Audubon Society is hosting an upcoming hike through the North Tonawanda Nature Preserve in search of Eastern Screech Owls.
According to their website, http://buffaloaudubon.org, Naturalist Tom Kerr will be taking us on a guided hike through the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve. We will be looking and listening for the Eastern Screech Owls that live in the wetland preserve.
I am so excited to unveil my new logo today! While searching the internet for images of birds, I came across “Alpha Birds” and totally fell in love with the Blue Jay “B”. Alpha Birds were designed by JK Wimberly who paired individual birds with each letter of the alphabet, from Albatross to Zebra Dove. Ms. Wimberly was gracious enough to allow me to use this beautifully designed image as my new logo for this blog as well as my YouTube channel. These stunning works of art are available on her website along with many other designs. Visit her at http://www.jkwimberlydesign.com or contact her directly at email@example.com, tell her the Backyard Birdlady sent you.
While contemplating the arrival of a much-anticipated Spring gardening and birding season, I started looking thru pictures of my yard and gardens from the last couple years. All of this made me realize what a bad case of Cabin Fever I have. The Cure? No more snow, warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!
Besides bird watching, my favorite activity is gardening. Many different species of birds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, as well as trees and shrubs, not only for food but for nesting and protection from the elements and other wildlife. As odd as it may sound, I’m eagerly looking forward to the day when I can get outside, clean up the yard and gardens, and see the harsh effects of a long winter vanish. I’ve already begun leafing thru seed catalogs, planning my vegetable garden, and deciding which new flowers to incorporate into my gardens this year. My yard consists of gardens filled with an abundance of trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, a small pond with a waterfall (great for attracting birds and other wildlife), as well as various garden decor and sculptures throughout. Continue reading Dreaming of Spring Bird Arrivals, Gardening and Nature Walks…
For those of you who live in the Buffalo NY area, the Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a Birdhouse Building Seminar today (Saturday, March 4, 2017) at 2 pm. Building your wren nesting box will take place at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. Registration is required, simply call 716-683-5959 or go to www.dec.ny.gov for more information.