It all started last weekend. I walked out on the back porch and did a double take at the garden…Then I back pedaled into the house and call my wife and grandson to hurry out and see. There in the garden that Saturday morning were a couple of peafowl…Peahens, maybe. As we watched they wandered on off towards the woods.
Sunday morning they were back…Now it shouldn’t surprise me that we have peafowl wandering about in the backyard as there have been peacocks strutting their stuff around the corner for years and years. But this is the first time they have come visiting. The ostentation of peafowls down the road appears to have had a population explosion. There have always been 3 to 5 birds living down there but this year I have seen more than any other year.
Then later on Sunday morning the cute guy at the top of this post started throwing himself at the window in my office. He was back at it on Monday…Twice. Today he was throwing himself at the back window. For three days I was trying to catch a picture until today he sat still long enough for me to get the camera…Studying the guide I came to the conclusion that the bird bashing itself against my window is a Great Crested Flycatcher.
After living for twenty years on this property, I had never seen this species before.
A treetop hunter of deciduous forests and suburban areas, the Great Crested Flycatcher is easier to hear than to see. The only eastern flycatcher that nests in cavities, it often includes snakeskin in the nest lining.
via Great Crested Flycatcher, Identification, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
So…Maybe they were always right there above my head…In the treetops.
Last evening the swallows returned…I have been wondering all spring where the swallows that used to entertain me in the back yard were. Toward dusk last evening they began flying their patterns again. Back when we first moved out here I would wander out and sit on the grass as they wheeled around dodging me as they chased insects…I hadn’t realized how much I missed them till I went out to sit on the back porch and watched them wheeling around as the light faded.
Hey guys…It’s nice to see ya.
On another note…Today marks the 6th anniversary of the first post I ever put up on North Carolina Mountain Dreams…So, happy anniversary to me…