I think the spring bird migration must have started, because today I saw two birds that I haven’t seen before.
I’ve been able to identify the first as a Sandpiper, a wading bird, that has a distinctive bottom movement. (Indeed!) As he walks around near the edge of the lake he shakes his bottom up and down in a very peculiar fashion. I can’t help but laugh when I’m watching him, which seems kind of mean. But it is funny to watch.
I managed to find a video on YouTube of a Spotted Sandpiper, which is not the exact type of Sandpiper I saw, but if you want to see a serious bottom-shaking bird you can check him out. He moves is exactly the same way as the Sandpiper I saw here today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgBCOkN4Prg&feature=related
Watch from the 10 second point to around 25 seconds to see what I mean. He’s nuts!
The other bird I have identified as an Asian Pied Starling. (No, he was not an Asian Starling in a pie.)
I always thought of starlings as very ordinary-looking birds, but these guys (there was a pair) were rather spiffy-looking. The had bright-orange beaks and striking black and white bodies.
They flew off (twice) from the palm trees they were feeding in when I stopped to look at them. None of the other birds took any notice of me so I got the impression thesy are a bit shy.
Or maybe they didn’t appreciate my bird pie jokes.