Monday, January 27, 2014

Outdoors -- more signs

Yesterday I heard a bunch of phoebes.
They have a characteristic tail movement, and they are greenish.
I know I've never seen them, but I've heard plenty of them.
Also I think the Carolina chickadees are starting to establish their summer territory.
They start calling about first light and you sometimes hear two of them for a while.
Then one will get fainter and fainter as he backs off.
When the two of them feel the other's call is faint enough, they stop calling for a while, but they'll start up again in spring to let the females know they have a turf for bug-hunting and nesting.
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