Sunday, May 23, 2010
The other day I was surprised to find birds singing loudly all over Howarth Park. It's been fairly quiet the past few weeks. I was even more surprised by two different juncos that flew toward me when I spotted them, scolding and flitting from branch to branch, appearing to do the junco version of getting in my face. In the past few weeks, whenever I've stopped to look at a junco they're gone before I've raised my binoculars. Because I've noticed a few other avian young are fledging it occurred to me that the juncos might be, as well, and that these assertive juncos are watching out for their young. The bird I sketched below was perched in a prominent location and singing loudly, possibly defending his territory.