For me it is bird song. I will never forget my first winter wren calling in
an Eastern forest, it created a strong memory that has stuck with me. Just
as the variation in the territorial calls of a Barred Owl, one evening
while out looking for migrating salamanders or the flute-like melody of the
Hermit Thrush. Some songs I could sit and listen to for a long while.
I do love the look of owls, but for the most part I enjoy watching any
On Feb 1 2010, Pastor Al Schirmacher wrote:
>Saturdays' Great Gray Owl - as well as the much more common Gray Jays -
>stuck with me through today.
>The Great Gray was due to its absence/rarity, 13 months since my last
>sighting, and at least a couple of years since I last had one on Aitkin 18
>(which I visit nearly monthly). Its "presence" (size, face/eyes,
>coloration, silence, jizz and probably other factors) also contributed to
>the overall joy.
>The Gray Jays were due to their proximity, and unique calls. The
>opportunity to enjoy their specific features from ten feet away was a rare
> For me, coloration and markings mix tend to leave lasting impressions.
> first Scarlet Tanager, Blackburnian/Golden-winged/Black and White
>Ruddy Turnstone and a few others each year linger in my mind.
>How about you?
>Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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