What's a BIGBY? See: http://tinyurl.com/yf7bcqu
Yesterday morning I walked to the local grocery store to pick up a Sunday newspaper. As I was headed home I noticed a first-of-year (FOY) Black Vulture flying above Pete Ellis Drive. That was BIGBY species #71 for the year, and a new record BIGBY count for the month of January!
Along the way I also saw a mixed flock of Cedar Waxwings and Robins feeding on the desiccated fruit of an ornamental crabapple tree. I know we have Robins year-round here, but seeing 50-60 noisily feeding Robins reminded me that spring migration is (almost) just around the corner. And thinking about Robins and spring migration reminded me of my favorite birdwatching song (http://tinyurl.com/yk8j6wr). OK, so it’s the only birdwatching song I know of.
Finally, there has been a heck of a lot of crows around the neighborhood this week. Saturday morning I was walking past Indiana University’s new Innovation Center on east 10th Street and the ground under a couple of trees there was blanketed with crow droppings. (I made a big detour around those trees!) Last night at sunset I stood in the front yard and heard what sounded like thousands of crows massing not too far off to the west. And at one point this afternoon I had about 25-30 crows foraging in the side yard. I’ve lived in this neighborhood for five years and I can’t remember ever having this many crows around.