Magnificent Songsters (and bonus!)

This post is dedicated to Mama and Papa, who taught me to love and protect creatures of all sorts.

One of my favorite haunts lately has been a prairie restoration area. They perform controlled burns there in order to encourage growth of the local species adapted to recover from such events. In the morning and evening, you can find so many birds here, many of them singing.

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Indigo Bunting

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Great Crested Flycatcher
(you can hear him call out near the end of the Kingbird video)

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The Prairie Restoration Land trail

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Eastern Towhee and Yellow-breasted Chat
(you can see the funny way he contorts his body as he squawks up there)

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…better photo of the same

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Blue Grosbeak
(perhaps the “crown jewel” of the prairie)

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And now…for something completely different: anoles in competition!! It’s really interesting to me how they start out looking not too different from the GEICO gecko. But when they get excited they look like little Komodo Dragons, and have an awesome feature called a dewlap, which they inflate in territorial battles or when finding a mate.

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This is just the beginning…

This was “King Komodo”…then there appeared a pretender to the throne:

That didn’t last long:

And then there was an ambush:

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I have heard an odd peep outside my window sounding somewhere between a squirrel and a frog. By tracing the sound, I eventually saw a green anole crawl out from behind a corner of the window canopy! The first result for a Google search on “green anole sound”–at the time of writing, a 2015 article in the Florida Sentinel–yields some mis-information. It claims they are silent. However, in the following video you can see quite clearly that the Green Anole in his left hand yelps when he tries to stretch its dewlap 😀

Here’s an article from 2013 similarly wondering about the variance and unknowns of anole vocalization:

https://www.anoleannals.org/2013/10/28/on-vocalizing-anoles/

Enjoy nature while you can!

Yours, Benjamin

About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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2 Responses to Magnificent Songsters (and bonus!)

  1. blueridgebluecollargirl says:

    Wow, what a wonderful post, Benjamin! I’m truly amazed at how many birds you saw in a single walk. The prairie is quite magical. Such a treat to see both a blue grosbeak AND an indigo bunting! And that adorable little field sparrow! And my beloved great-crested flycatcher!

    I really enjoyed seeing the anole and his magnificent dewlap. I’ll bet the girls go wild for him. 🙂

    The heavenly rays were lovely, too. Thank you for sharing these wonders with us. And thank you for always loving and protecting God’s creatures.

  2. Susan Beam-Gilleland says:

    This is great Benjamin, I have some of those anoles in my yard, they run across the rail of my porch when I am sitting out there…..

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