Last week GM introduced a new feature: Birds of Georgetown. In other words, here are some of the birds you’ll find around Georgetown. Last week, GM explored birds of prey. This week he’ll discuss some of the more prominent song birds.
Oh, robins. The state bird of GM’s native Connecticut, this orange demon is now the bane of his existence. And that’s because every November huge flocks of robins descend on his hawthorn tree and strip it clean of the beautiful red berries it would otherwise sport through the winter.
Truly, GM has never seen robin flocks like we get here in Georgetown. Sometimes there will be over two dozen of them swarming on various berry-bearing trees or bushes. You can recognize them by their orange breasts and stone cold hearts.
These birds are very easy to recognize, with their distinctive plumage. However, you better hope they don’t build a nest near a place you like to sit. They are aggressive birds that will defend their territory with vigor.
Another popular and easy to recognize songbird that you are likely to see around Georgetown is the cardinal. Above is the male cardinal. The female is easy to spot due to their bright reddish orange beaks:
These small birds are easily recognized by their black-and-white head, which looks sort of like a super hero costume. Although, GM should mention that they are pretty much identical to the black-capped chickadee, which tend to live a bit more north. Better just play it safe and call it a chickadee.
This strikingly yellow bird is not a common sight in Georgetown. But GM did see one in his garden once, so that counts!
Yes even the crow, the most goth of birds, is a song bird. It’s probably something they’re embarrassed about.
The European starling is a rather beautiful little bird, with its iridescent feathers of purple and green. But they are not welcome. They are invasive. If you see one, say something rude to it, like, “you literally have a bird brain.” Maybe it will go back to England.
This is a house sparrow. They are one of the most common song birds you’ll find around Georgetown. But let’s face it. It’s a pretty boring bird. You know the expression “a face made for radio”? Well this is like a “plumage made for songbirding”. Pleasant to listen to, but not much to look at.
The mocking bird is well known for its ability to imitate the calls of other birds. Apparently they do this to attract mates. They’re basically the cover band of the bird world.