Sunday, April 24, 2011

Birds & flowers

Today was very exciting at Blandford Nature Center. Along with the blooming wildflowers previously mentioned -- cut-leaved toothwort, spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, the last of the bloodroot -- were also trout lilies and false rue anemone. And along with the usual birds -- downy woodpeckers, white-throated sparrows, red-bellied woodpeckers, etc., -- were both a ruby-crowned kinglet and a yellow-crowned kinglet! There was also a very small bird creeping up a tree with a brown back (more or less solid, not like the pics of the brown creeper in my books), light belly/throat, and a black stripe through its eye. Any suggestions for what I should look up, birders? Also, do thrushes ever stick close to the ground, snatching up dead leaves with their beaks, and poking at whatever they uncovered? Didn't have any field glasses, but it definitely wasn't a young robin. Or is it more likely a thrasher?

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