morning hike along the river

I have never watched a group of people become so suddenly silent. The quiet morning was beautiful and clear. A recent controlled burn in the Oak Savannah will provide new growth and nutrients for the land. As we crunched along the pathway in along the woods, our ears strained to hear the calls of birds. This morning walk along the river with a group of birders proved to be educational for me. The naturalist who hosted told us to watch for movement both in the trees and on the ground and listen. Listen for the bird calls that, to me is like learning a new language. A good way to remember these calls- is to create a description with words like brights, chirping, schrill, etc. or a phrase that has meaning to you. We found yellow finches, heard song sparrows and spotted several Cedar Waxwings.

Emily Donovan