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Over the years, I also have
had a few close calls with birds
of prey, particularly Cooper's
hawks' attacks, diving at my
head, apparently believing the
movement they detected was
a morsel that would serve as
their next meal - before they
realized (at the last possible
nanosecond) the error of their
ways. On one occasion a wingtip actually brushed across the
bridge of my nose as the startled
hawk flared away.
Back in the day, I believed
Joe Kosack
that binoculars were an unnecessary accoutrement to carry
on stand. After all, bowhunting
for first light to see better. Sometimes is a short-range affair; you don't reeven a snort in the dark (likely signal- ally need to lug a pair of field glasses
ing your presence has been detected) along to identify close by game. But
is a welcome predawn sound indicating now I know better, so I always carry a
that game is active and accessible in lightweight, compact pair of binocuyour little corner of the deer woods.
lars which, in addition to aiding my
As daylight begins to brighten the identification of more distant game,
forest, the nighttime chorus surrenders also helps me enjoy the antics of nutto the bird songs of morning. Birders hatches, titmice, chickadees, and any
have labeled this "The Dawn Chorus," other critters that come by my stand.
the time of day when songbirds are This year I'll also bring along a small,
most active in their vocal repertoire, state-of-the-art pocket camera with a
and we bowhunters are lucky to be powerful telephoto lens to allow me to
out in the woods at sunrise to savor photographically document all of my
the concert.
on-stand critter encounters. Of course,
While this phenomenon is most evi- I'm not advocating you replace your
dent in spring, when birds are mating, it bowhunting quest with bird- watchcontinues through the fall, particularly ing activities, and, admittedly, there is
during our early bowhunting season as a cautionary qualifier that goes along
many species of birds prepare for their with wielding binoculars or cameras
annual migrations. The composition on stand: keep in mind that careless
of each morning's chorus varies with or sudden movements can often signal
robins and other thrushes joining wary deer to your presence, so beware
larger birds, such as doves, crows and to keep motion at a minimum.
jays, followed by smaller species, such
In the end, peripherals are just as
as sparrows, wrens and warblers as the often those simple, taken-for-granted
morning progresses.
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