Birding and Exercise – First Day

I told myself going into writing this blog it was to be more of an educational blog and not about me per say, but until I figure out how I am going to bird, I guess it will be somewhat about me.

I did my first long birding walk Saturday morning.  Went 6.2 miles in about 2h 40m. Saw 21 species.  My initial reaction?

I am in shape to go about 6 miles walking right now.  At least in the old hiking boots that I walked in.   The last couple of blocks were hard on my feet.  And I was starting to get tired.  So that was about right for walking in wet, melting ice conditions.  But first thing is to get new shoes/boots. And they need to be waterproof.

I overdressed and had to carry too many clothes.  At least for most of the walk.  But I had my “man purse” (as my daughter calls it) with me so I put them in there.  But a cold front passed through the last half hour and it started to get cold.  If I would have been out longer I would have needed to put the clothes back on.  So the second thing is a real backpack to carry lightweights clothes.  Just in case.

"Man Purse" - Actually a classic Messenger Bag
“Man Purse” – Actually a classic Messenger Bag

If I am to continue to do “urban” birding I need to plan to go by convenient stores or fast food restaurants to use the facilities.  I’m not out in the sticks anymore.

Carrying the camera is problematic.  But I can work on that.  How does Dorian Anderson carry a camera on his biking big year?  http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com/

I only saw 21 species.  At first I was a little disappointed for the number versus distance covered, but after some thought, I am not sure I would have seen more if I would have traveled farther.  Maybe picked up some raptors.  It was just that kind of slow winter morning.

On a slow day even a Mallard looks good. Province Park 01/11/14
On a slow day even a Mallard looks good.
Province Park 01/11/14

But I did see a wren hopping around under a log in a boggy area.  About 80% sure it was my current nemesis – the Winter Wren – but it didn’t sing and I didn’t get a clear look.  Spent 20 minutes circling and walking that area to no avail.  It could have been a Carolina Wren….

Was there or was there not a Winter Wren in there? Perfect habitat. Franklin Greenway Trail 01/11/14
Was there or was there not a Winter Wren in there? Perfect habitat.
Franklin Greenway Trail 01/11/14

And now for the biggest problem.  Three hours on a Saturday morning without coffee.  Sure I drank plenty of coffee before the walk (thus the need to plan the bathroom stops better) but I could always use more. So the backpack really isn’t for extra clothes, it’s for the coffee.  And snacks of course.

A patriotic American Crow standing guard. Franklin 01/11/14
A patriotic American Crow standing guard.
Franklin 01/11/14

 

 

2 Replies to “Birding and Exercise – First Day”

  1. Good luck!
    Laura and I birded Saturday morning too. Like you saw very few, but in the afternoon we went to Greensburg to see the Snowy Owl. It was very easy to spot. There were several birders already there. Linda came over this afternoon and we went over again. It was a little closer today. It was a life bird for us. There were birders from Ohio, Muncie, Anderson and 2 people from Mascatatuck Wildlife Refuge. Pretty neat to see.

    There is going to be a bird hike at Mascatatuck next Saturday morning. We have been trying to get one started for a long time. We’ll see how it goes. If you’d like to come we’d love to have you.

    Birds for us have been pretty scarse.The weather I guess. We’re having fun though.

    Thanks for the blog. I love it.
    Terri

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