The big blue truck drifts slowly along the quiet countryside as I carefully observe the landscape for movement along the creek. His swift wings carry him from a branch near the road to his chosen station above the water as they have many times before. Except this time there’s no chattering alarm call. Kingfishers are the self-appointed tattle-tells of the forest on my mountain. Along with the Bluejays and crows they feel that it’s their sworn duty to abruptly annouce the arrival of any humans. I’ve actually been trying to get a decent photo of this little guy since Spring of last year. Usually if I get within fifty yards of his perch he takes to the wind and shatters the silence with his rattling call. (Video is not mine but it is a great example)
However, on this particular day I must have caught him daydreaming because I was able to get closer than ever. The exception being that sometimes if I’m out in the yard doing chores he’ll circle above me and mark my position with the same call before disappearing upstream. The ruckus of course always sends the other wildlife fleeing for the dense clusters of bushes on the other side of the mountain. I was happy to get this close to him but I think that with a little more luck I can get closer. It may even be that with enough regular encounters I might even gain a little trust. Unlike the other songbirds of my mountain the kingfishers seem to only be interested in live food. They feed mainly on the minnows or sometimes they go for salamanders or frogs but they have no interest in the seeds or suet I stock the feeders with. So they don’t really see people as an asset like the other birds do. The Bluejays have even gotten somewhat used to me and have made the connection between me and the free meals they enjoy all winter. The kingfishers will take a little more work I suppose.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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