Ear birding is
birding by bike.
This is an alder
or hear at
Occasionally, dapple-coated white-tailed deer fawns reveal themselves; twin fawns ran alongside
me on Dutch Hollow Road, and
another pair crossed in front of me
on Salisbury Road.
The rolling countryside in our
fair county is engaging. Near
Clymer, the Dutch names on roads
and mailboxes—Vruink, Bensink,
Einink, Beckerink—are fun to read,
and I enjoy the ornamental wind-
mills and wishing wells on the well-
kept lawns. On the road going south
out of Sherman are houses without
electric service and without cars
in their driveways—Amish farm-
steads. Most of the Amish proper-
ties are brightened with flowers and
dotted with bird feeders and bird-
houses, including gourds for purple
martins. The children playing in
the yards like to wave to the funny-
looking cyclist in his yellow shirt
riding his bright yellow bike—and I
like to wave back at them.
Thomas Simmons is a retired
public school teacher and a past
president of the Roger Tory Peterson
Institute Ornithological Club.