Today was opening day of Virginia's fall turkey season and is my custom I headed for a Franklin County farm where I often go to pursue these big game birds. As I have written many times, I enjoy bird watching while hunting, and today was no exception.
One of the neatest birds I observed today was a golden-crowned kinglet that flitted by my position. Soon afterwards, two more kinglets arrived and I was entertained by their "tinkling" chatter. Another high point was three crows flying into my position as I was emitting turkey sounds. No doubt, the crows were lured in by the turkey yelps I had emitted, as the trio probably flew in to harass the turkey they were sure was there. When the crows saw my camouflaged form shift slightly, they flew away, rancorously protesting.
Later, I saw a phoebe fly by and then perch on a limb. Phoebes now sometimes spend the winter in my area, something that used not to happen, at least from my experience.
Oh, a little while later, I did call in and kill a turkey -one of many highpoints of a day in the autumn woods