Terry Downey Bird Watching Stories


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Top Greebe,it took a trip through my bird books to give a definite identification. It was a female, and after I let it rest awhile, I took it back and released it in an open area near the water. I have sighted the Scissorstail Flycatcherand Northern Mockingbird in this area, as well as the Dickcissel,Waxwing, and Cardinals."

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"I often bird watch on old road to Stephenville at the bottom of Seal Cove. Last year in the Autumn, after the leaves had fallen I spotted a

Yellow Warblernest. The nest was empty, but they often return to the same nest the next year, so I marked the area, and decided to look again in the Spring. I returned in the Spring and found that a Chickadee had taken up residence in the Warbler's nest. Upon closer inspection, I spotted a new Warbler nest only feet from the first nest, that contained 4 tiny eggs. You will often see the same birds returning to the same areas year after year if the conditions are just right."

"Bird watching is a wonderful hobby. It costs very little, and provides you with exercise in the outdoors, and with some wonderful stories to relate."
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"About five years ago, after I had finished my bird count in town, I took my skies and went down to the Black Bank area. When I arrived at the open area, where the farm used to be, I immediately noticed a large number of tracks."

"I saw a bird in the distance that looked to be a Murre, which is often call Turr in Newfoundland. As I got closer, my dog got a little too close to the bird, and it started to come right towards me. I realized immediately that the bird was a Horned Greebe, it appeared uninjured, but very weak. We had experienced a big wind storm for two days prior to my siting, and we often see rare birds at that time."

"The Greebe is strictly a water bird and cannot walk, because like Loons, their legs are too far back on their body. I returned to my vehicle and retrieved a carboard box. I brought the bird back to my home. While I knew it was a