Pennsylvania Game News - May 2016 - 59

MAY 1967
Migrating birds are May's obvious feature. Singing toads, a
brassy weasel, and the debut of a ruffed grouse family are treats
reserved for the observant sportsman.

W

HEN my drawing or writing
is going well, I often keep
working into the wee hours
and, like most burners of the midnight
oil, I can stay in bed half the morning
without a twinge of conscience. Except
in May. Something about this month, its
springtime sounds and smells, has me
up and about before the first robin has
finished his second verse. With binocular
in hand, I head for the woods, and have
even been known to miss a meal or two.
Birds do this to me! I know that the
spring migration is at its peak, and on a
May morning I'll undoubtedly see more
different species than at any other time of
the year. They'll be singing their heads
off, and if I keep an attentive ear cocked
I might even track down a rare one or
two. As the month progresses I'll get to
know the local songsters and learn where
most of them build their nests. But if work
keeps me indoors too much in May, I'll
feel cheated for a whole year.
I used to worry about that condition,
but have since learned that I'm not the

MAY 2016	

only male so afflicted. I know several
burly Game Protectors and Deputies, a
truck driver, quite a few farmers, a bunch
of factory workers, a heap of hunters, and
at least one former jacklighter who have
become confirmed birders. They keep
binocular and bird book within reach, and
sneer at ignoramuses who call red-tailed
hawks "chicken hawks." They put out
seeds and suet in winter, and make Hawk
Mountain or Presque Isle their Mecca.
To anyone else, a bird watcher is
something of a kook. But instead of
selling them short, I've got a better idea.
Buy a good binocular (it won't go to
waste - once you've used it you'll never
be without one), get a bird identification
field guide from your local library, and
put yourself in the hands of your neighborhood bird watcher for a day during the
May migrations. If you aren't surprised
at the beauty of our birds close up, if
you aren't amazed at their variety, if you
don't find that a knowledge of birds adds
interest to your days afield, if you don't
have a darned good time - you may write
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