In May, the sounds of a variety of birds hidden in the tall, dense grass along the Mississippi levee fill the air. Seemingly out of nowhere, a bird will flutter through the air and alight on top of a tall weed stalk. It is interesting to slowly ride along the levee road, occasionally stopping to watch in silence, to see what different types of birds can be spotted.
male Indigo bunting
immature male Orchard Oriole
male and female Red-winged blackbirds
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.” ~Robert Lynd
Back in early May, I spotted two birds in the Reelfoot Lake area that I had never photographed before. The first was an Eastern Kingbird. Quite a dapper looking fellow, he was sitting in a Cypress tree out in the lake. I watched for some time as he flew off to snatch insects out of the air and then returned to the comfort of his perch in the tree.
The other was a Baltimore Oriole sitting in a tree at the State Park. He and his female companion were busy with the task of nest-building. Between all the flurry of activity, he seemed to be dutifully guarding the site. Baltimore Orioles migrate through our area in the springtime, but generally move northward for the summer.
You never know what you’re going to see when you get out in nature, find a quiet spot and take the time to listen and observe.
“Sometimes when we just stand still the grace finds us.” ~Mary Davis