Anyway, you will have to take my word for the wildlife that we saw this trip which included:
- another up-close look at a Timber Rattlesnake (5-6 feet long) which was trying to cross the dirt road as we zipped past it on our motorcycles. We turned around and got a really close look at it before it slithered back into the grass.
- another close-up look at a Black Bear which was also trying to cross a dirt road. I was standing next to my motorcycle talking to Di when her eyes got wide and she started saying "Oh, my, God" a few times while looking past me. And there it was, a big black bear about 30 yards away looking back at us. My reaction was to get back on the motorcycle and get ready to make a fast get away. No need to worry though, the bear just turned around calmly and ambled back into the woods.
- chipmunks galore. More chipmunks than I have ever seen before in my life which thoroughly exhausted the dogs. Roxy became acquainted with the pain of the electric fence which the forestry department uses to keep deer away from new plantings! She ran right into it while chasing one of those Chipmunks. "Yiiiipe, yiiiipe, yiiiipe" as she ran back down the road toward us. HA.
- oh, and birds - including Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green warblers which have been conspicuously missing from our earlier trips at migration spots, both Cuckoos, a Barred Owl hooting ("who cooks for you") in broad daylight, tons of Chestnut-sided warblers, Cedar Waxwings and both Orioles (Baltimore and Orchard). We were frustrated while birding the forests as we could hear lots of birds but had a hard time seeing them even though the trees were leafless due to . . .
- tent Caterpillars were everywhere. To the point that it sounded like it was raining all of the time due to the amount of caterpillar poop falling from the tops of the trees. The trees looked like winter/early spring with the amount of missing leaves. It is really worrisome. I hope that the trees recover.
That's all for now. I will try to get some photos soon.
Excellent day. Although it is a little disconcerting to see the bear, that was a good find. I agree they are best seen from a distance though. Same with the rattlesnake. They are beautiful but from a distance.
When you hear the birds,can you make the id? That is a weak point for me, I have to see them to be sure.
I took a really good birding by ear workshop in Cape May a few years ago which helped elevate my birding significantly. I also have an iTouch with Birdjam App which helps too. I highly recommend both if you want to get better at birding by ear.
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