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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Birds before Work

This morning during my early morning walk, the friendly neighborhood Great Horned Owl was calling from the top of a pine tree at the end of my block. As I watched it, the bird flew across the street into a neighbor's backyard. A nice way to start the day.

On my walk along Perkiomen Creek, I was startled by a large bird fly away low along the creek, then climb steeply to clear the trees. It was beating its wings quickly and in the early morning light mostly showed dark wings with a white-trailing edge to the wing. Common Merganser.

Arriving at work this morning, a tom Wild Turkey was displaying out in the open near the edge of the woods. Three hen turkeys were shuffling around just inside the woods.

All in all not a bad way to start the day.


dguzman said...

What a great morning walk! I should do the same, now that the snows are melting. It's just that getting-out-of-bed thing that kills me....

Dan said...

Where along Perkiomen Creek are you at? I grew up by the Green Lane Reservoir in Pennsburg, PA, and still enjoy going birdwatching down there with my Dad when I return to visit.

John B. said...

Seeing an owl and a turkey before work is an auspicious start for the day.

birdchaser said...

Daniel, I'm in Perkasie.

Anonymous said...

I think the title of this posting should be every birder's motto: "Birds Before Work!"

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