Evening Rush Hour (Sound!)

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” ~ Moises Arias

Sitting out by the creek watching the birds come home to roost for the night is a daily pleasure. On this particular evening, through the steady din of motor vehicles themselves fighting to get their pilots safely back home, I completely get how life can be so simple as a favorite roosting tree. And I am thankful that I work and relax in the same wonderful space — no transportation save my feet to get there every day.

The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are a regular for evening fly-by’s, leading the way with their noisy ‘whistles’ to other small groupings like them that it’s time to move on. The White Ibis may be a quieter bunch, but they are most beautiful contrasted against the rosy sky.

An evening at the creek is never quite complete without the rattle-chatter of a passing Belted Kingfisher — intent on securing her territory — while the Red-shouldered Hawks call back and forth across the creek. In another month or so, it will be the frogs and their racket joining in. For now, the little birds have already begun settling in for the night so they can begin the day fresh tomorrow before the sun rises. No busy-ness for them in the evening hours; unlike homo sapiens, they know better and shut down for the night instead. They must elude the hungry snakes and owls and nighttime prowlers until morning.

Nitey Nite
Nitey Nite

And so ends another day.

14 thoughts on “Evening Rush Hour (Sound!)

    1. Thanks, Mike. There are several sound posts scheduled for the weekend. Spring is a very noisy time here. Hard not to share! Now…off for some birding. 😀


    1. I figured out how to do that some time back and have posted a handful of sounds (https://dirtnkids.wordpress.com/tag/soundcloud/). The frogs are my personal favorite.

      The roosting tree nearby that they go to every night is quite a sight, even if a tad difficult to photograph (due to house obstructions, traffic, lighting, etc.) I did the best I could a couple of weeks back. (http://wp.me/p28k6D-1Ve)

      It always makes my day when a favorite blogger pops in especially when I’m off blogging (this was a re-post). I hope you’re enjoying your time out-of-doors, Steve. And Happy Autumn-coming-up to you too.


  1. Reblogged this on Chocolate Chips and Chaos and commented:
    2015_Day 63: I’ll find my own slice of heaven…

    Some day, when daughter is out of the house, I’ll find my own little slice of outdoor heaven, where I can watch the birds every night in my backyard and listen to the trickle of a creek.

    Until then, I’ll have to live it through the words of DirtNKids. I invite you to, too. Listen closely and I bet you’ll even hear the Belted Kingfisher or Red-shouldered Hawk!


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