this is the first of two tail shots in this VSR
this is from an old tail
Welcome to the Vinalhaven Sightings Report – March 9th, 2018
Thanks to MCHT and VLT for their continued support
|otter in the hole! - this is the 2nd tail shot in this VSR|
A little drumming going on – people may (or may not) know that I am a huge fan of “non-vocal communications”, but know you know. I am talking about some of the classics – like a “thumbs up” or a sticking out of the tongue to get a point across. In the woodpecker world (Picidae) there are many displays where wings can be tilted at certain angles, crests can be risen or bodies can freeze in a still pose for extended periods of time all in the name of getting the point across about aggression or courtship (thin-line between). These displays are often accompanied with different vocalizations, which can soil the “non-vocal” part of the “non-vocal communications”, since there is corresponding vocalizations with the displays (with me?).
|almost like he died mid yawn|
That said (or moving on), the art of drumming for woodpeckers is a pure “non-vocal” outreach. Downy’s Hairy’s, Flicker’s, Pileated’s all have favorite hollow branches within their territories where a rapid succession of bill/beak poundings will result in a reverberated tone that reverberates long distances (it can be heard from afar). An expression of survival and territoriality, drumming acts in similar ways as a call or a song for the woodpeckers. Technically not song birds, so they technically don’t sing songs (syrinxes are overrated!) but woodpecker species still have distinctive calls that identify the caller. Anyway – listen for drumming from your favorite local woodpeckers – all species appear to be vocal and loud! Whole lotta drummin’ going on!
(2/22/18) 7am to Vinalhaven – 30 Common Loon, 28 old tailed duck, bufflehead, 9 surf scoter, 31 common eider, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, 4 red-breasted merganser, 20 purple sandpiper, 10 razorbill, 1 thick-billed murre, 10 black-guillemot, bald eagle, 3 common golden-eye…
|cozy pair o' oldtails|
(3/1/18) – 7am to Vinalhaven – not super focused on counting
Bufflehead, oldtailed duck, common loon, black guillemot, surf scoter, common eider, razorbill, thick billed murre, red-necked grebe (molting), purple sandpipers, great cormorant, bald eagle, otter slide, harbor seal
A behavior thang that has not gone unnoticed recently has been that the old tailed ducks are paired up and appearing cozy – at least from this distance.
|fact: guillemots are cute in all stages|