I wasn’t planning on posting anything today, but the Canadian geese are back. Apparently those freaking sky honkers just wanted to make me look like a liar. Maybe they didn’t think I’d be up so early on a weekend. Well, joke’s on them. We have smoke detectors that go off at 3:00 am for no reason AND I am a registered insomniac.

BONUS! Because it’s Saturday, I opted for a thirty-minute Merlin session instead of a ten-minute one, and I got a total of eight new birbs on my Life List. Including the Common Nighthawk—which is marked by the red “rare” dot and was soaring above at 6:00 in the morning.

Words officially have no meaning anymore.

The Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, the Least Flycatcher, and the Eastern Kingbird were entirely new to me. Never heard of them. The red-bellied woodpecker? I could hear him slamming his head into a tree before he started singing. I knew he was out there.

Side note: I’m getting better at identifying bird songs and onomatopoeia.

I didn’t screenshot them all, but there were a lot of the usual suspects out and about this morning too. And I am kind of amazed that in a few weeks’ time, I’ve identified more than 50 different species of winged dinosaur in just the backyard. If this website ever makes any money, I am going to immediately spend it on one of those fancy camera feeders.

Mom recently planted some new trees out back, and the new digs might be attracting the new (to me) birds. Plus it’s migration season. I was expecting the indigo bunting to show up. There had been reports of them in local birding groups a little south of here.

Welp, pollen is super high already. So I’m going to snort some Flonase and see if I can’t breathe through both nostrils again here soon-ish. Have a good weekend.

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