that spring is in the air, take a walk along your favorite hiking trail, around the block in your neighborhood, or better yet, come on over to the Museum and stroll around Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind.
Take a look at just a few of the things I’ve been noticing:
During the past few weeks, I’ve noticed our resident Eastern Phoebe making occasional trips under the boardwalk. Phoebes have nested under the boards since I’ve been at the Museum (5 years).
Then, on Friday (2/22) I heard a ruckus over by the Wetlands Overlook. It was a phoebe calling out loudly from the willows just north of the overlook. It wasn’t the namesake “fee-be” call of the bird but a loud chip and chatter that the birds make when they’re excited about something.
Naturally, I wanted to know what was going on with this bird, and then I saw it, another phoebe was perched a dozen feet away in one of the willows. Both birds called out to each other and seemed very excited, pumping their tails rapidly. Was this our bird’s mate, returned from some southern retreat?
The Red-shouldered Hawk’s presence in the Wetlands has increased, both soaring overhead and hunting while perched among the willows.
I can’t end this post without mentioning the Red Wolves. If you’ve read this journal in the past week or so, or visited the Red Wolf Enclosure in person, you’re probably already aware that they (the wolves) have been attempting to make an addition to the Red Wolf population. You’ve probably seen enough pictures of the pair, or have seen them mating in person, so there’s no need to show more images of the same. So I’ll close with these few images of the pair.
Are you still reading? Get outside and have a look around!
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!