Past The Old Tobacco Fields In Search Of Birds

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I took a walk on Easter morning and passed by some old agricultural fields where I earned my first paycheck picking tobacco leaves in the late 70’s.

All that remains of those days are the ghostly remains of old tobacco sheds and distant memories of tar-covered clothes.

These days the fields are used for planting strawberries and vegetables for a local farm stand.

 

 

I chose this location because I wanted to take a break from my favorite local honey-holes. Search for birds in areas like this may be less consistent but still have some appeal. It’s sort of like searching for change underneath the couch cushions instead of just going to the atm.

There was plenty of flooded marshy area as I followed a trail down to the Connecticut River. I was hoping I might come across a woodcock but had no such luck. I did see a flying overhead and spotted a first of year Ring-necked crossing one of the fields.

One thing I did see to brighten up an otherwise gloomy, cloud-covered morning was a male perched in a sycamore tree quietly singing to a nearby female. It reminded me of a line from a song-birds singing from the Sycamore trees… dream a little dream of me…

I came across many other Wood Ducks in the marsh that let out overly dramatic squeals as they flew off. They seemed to be yelling HUMAN! HUMAN! HUMAN!

Like one of those pod beings from the movie Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

Sometimes when I’m walking alone out in the woods my imagination gets the best of me!

 

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Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

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Tim Walker

long may it continue!