Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Predictable Bird

One good thing about birding an area consistently over several years is that you get to know which birds are likely to be where at certain times. 

When I was at the San Jacinto Monument on Sunday, I had a sudden hankering to see a Belted Kingfisher, a species I haven't seen very often this year. So I drove from the Monument to the section of 225 just before the Lynchburg ferry landing, because the utility lines on the east side of the road almost always have a Belted Kingfisher.

Sure enough, a female Belted Kingfisher was perched on the lines.

Dee and I first saw a female Belted Kingfisher on these very lines on our first visit to this area ten years ago. I assume this is the same bird. If so, I wonder how much longer she'll survive.



Dave said...

I agree Jeff. How often do we get the urge to visit a place knowing that we haven't seen that species for ages and there it is.... heart warming and somehow makes the day \ visit complete.

Jeff said...

True, Dave. But then there's the bird that you see regularly - like a migrant which returns year after year - until one year it doesn't return. That's sad!