OMG, I have discovered the Cradle of Spring. This one spot, It’s all happening here. I’m so excited I can’t contain myself.
I’ve arrived at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky. I’m camped at my favorite spot. Although it was dead quiet at dusk and through the night (except for distant hooting of barred owls), I was blown away by the dawn chorus.
It started a bit slowly. First I heard a Northern Cardinal, and moments later a Carolina Wren chimed in. Then, to my surprise, a flood of warbler songs: Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and Blue-winged Warbler (plus I caught sight of a Prairie Warbler). All these warblers back and its only the 19th of April! I’m so surprised.
Also singing were Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Solitary Vireo, and my favorite of the vireo clan: the Yellow-throated Vireo. Not to mention various residents, including Wild Turkey, Canada Goose, American Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, and other species that I can’t remember right now. Did I mention White-throated Sparrows? I could hear their soft, disjointed whistles from a tangle of shrubs not far from my camp.
In the early morning hours, I busied myself with sound recording and managed to capture fine recordings of at least six or seven species. Not bad, huh? I’ll be sharing those recordings with you over the next couple of days, once I get over the shock of this amazing spring time diversity. I also got terrific video footage of White-eyed Vireo and Blue-winged Warbler. The still photos adorning this post are frame grabs from the video clips. In the days to come, I hope to post these and numerous other video clips of singing birds, gathered at this magical spot.
Needless to say, I’m very happy with this development. My week of being in a depressed mood has lifted. Nature is a tonic, and its Manifestation as Spring is the strongest tonic of all.