Hello my little birding friends! Hope you all are well. I don’t know about you but I’ve had it! This will go down as one of the worst years in history. Between coronavirus, black lives matter, riots, shootings, hurricane Isaias, and an election year, it’s been insane! And don’t forget the idiots who have forgotten how to drive since staying in from coronavirus. And the slobs who still throw their masks and rubber gloves in the parking lots. Ugh. But during all this, I have found out that many people, unlike before the virus, have been feeding and watching birds and doing more gardening. This is great news!
I am lucky to live on a canal and have many birds in my yard. My neighbor and I have the canal come into our backyards, where the rest of the street have their yards go all the way back to the canal. His is bulkheaded and mine isn’t. Because of this, I get a lot of water birds. A tree fell in the canal at the end of my property during storm Isaias. As my son was cutting it up, I sat on the dock opposite him on the other side. I sat there with a big smile on my face as I watched a family of tree swallows sitting with their mother on a dead tree with their mouths open and flapping their wings. They later got a flying lesson. Yes! Eat those mosquitos! Then a great egret flew over. Two little green herons landed in the trees, as did a king fisher that then dove for a fish. All of a sudden a group of bait fish hopped up out of the water. The laughing gulls and other gulls came in for dinner. Then an osprey flew over with a fish. I thought to myself that if it wasn’t so hot in the sun this summer, I should sit out here more often and enjoy this bird sanctuary. Or maybe I’ll just sit in the shade. It was so relaxing. Watching birds IS relaxing, and something we all need now. I’m still waiting for a hummer though. I hope I never have to move.
We’ve had to, unfortunately, cancel a lot of things this year, due to the coronavirus. The May dinner, June outdoor meeting at Brookside, bird walks, and monthly indoor meetings. It was very disappointing, for whatever reason, only to have 5 people sign on for the virtual meeting with Ranger Eric on Quail and Ticks.
National Audubon and Great South Bay Audubon continues to work for a safer environment. What happened to BYOB? – Bring your own bag?
It’s good to know that while so much of our nation had been stalled, conservation efforts are still moving in progressive direction.
We had great hopes to have a fun dinner, but people’s comfort levels are really not where they need to be in order for us to meet and have a successful dinner.