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Our Feathered Friends - June 20

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We were not prepared for our first morning and symphony of bird calls that woke us at the crack of dawn. As you know, I love birds, but I can tell you I was not particularly fond of them at 5 a.m.! However, I now understand why Ray always wants to get an early start when we go birding! I really wish Ray could have been there to help me ID all the calls and tell you all the birds who were present, but I have to admit I was overwhelmed.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=333|displayname=0|float=right}

On our second day, there was yet another new bird call that drew my attention. My daughter also noticed it, and walked up to me to ask what was making the squeaky duck noise. She was right, it sounded very much like the high pitched rubber ducks my kids use to play with in the bath tub. I told her I didnt know but I had heard it as well and would figure it out. I soon saw a bird that I first saw birding with Ray quite a while back, a White-breasted Nuthatch. As soon as I spotted the one I realized there was a family of them as well, and they were making their spiraling trips down some nearby tree trunks. As you may know, Nuthatches will fly to the top of a tree and make their way down looking for insects. This is opposite of the Brown Creeper which will start at the bottom of a tree trunk and make their way up the tree.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=335|displayname=0|float=left}A pair of Chipping Sparrows kept our campsite picnic table clean and crumb free. They were actually rather bold and would come in as soon as we got up from dinner to pick up after the kids. Since there were six kids ranging in age from 3-8, they were well fed for two nights! I was happy they were the cleaning crew and not the usual House Sparrows that you see around fast food restaurants.

Well, after three days and two nights of roughing it, I can tell you Ive decided Im not a huge fan of camping. My husband and two children loved it and want to go again, but they will be leaving me at home. I loved the birds and all the fun I had watching them on our campsite, but I can get that from my birding trips with Ray and not have all the extra work that goes along with camping!

Be sure to email Ray and I to let us know what is visiting your yard. You can reach Ray by emailing him at and me by emailing We hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

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