We had an entertaining bird encounter today, and it is one that proves that a practical field knowledge sometimes means nothing at all. The scene is a popular "greenway" that is part of the East Coast Greenway and one that runs past several small farms. We came upon these 11 birds which were astonishingly comfortable with people up close. I was baffled and could not identify these strangely mellow birds. These weren't quail or any other bird I would expect to see in rural precincts of the Piedmont. A later posting led to an obvious suggestion from a friend: these are farm fowl, specifically Guinea Fowl. Exotics of a sort, but predictable if one had enough farm experience. Nevertheless, it was a most delightful encounter. And not what you expect on a recreational trail!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!