Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm often confused

...when it comes to the names of people and places in this area. Nicknames galore, various names for a lake or creek or road. It never ends. Like today. We turn onto a road that frequently shows up in my work. Here's what the sign on this end of the road looks like today.

The little sign at the top says Mistik Road. We look for birds along its length and turn around at a kind of corridor junction and head back. Here's what the sign on that end looks like today.

Whew. Mystic is the word I used in my latest two books. I was just going by the signs at the time. I guess as long as I remember my own name, I'm doing ok. I imagine there are other names for me as well, but let's not go there.

Warblers galore this weekend along this road and along the grid from Denare Beach to the Sturgeon-Weir River:

Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat

We went back out today hoping to add the Wilson's, Canada, Black-throated Green, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, but no luck.

Yesterday the 40 km/hr gusts made for some wild warbler watching. I could still see the Blackburnian whipping around when I closed my eyes for the night.


Tracy Hamon said...

Mystic Warblers in search of warblers.

Brenda Schmidt said...


Note: I edited the post to make it a bit clearer.

Brenda Schmidt said...

"Mistik" is a Cree word meaning "wood," google informs me. I'm guessing that's the correct name.

carin said...

Oh, I love seeing 'places' that correspond to words... (Is Mistik/Mystic in Cantos from Wolverine Creek? I have yet to read GRID, tho' bookseller tells me it's arrived!)

Brenda Schmidt said...

Yay! Thank you! Mistik/Mystic is in Grid and Flight Calls. It might be in my first two books somewhere, too, I dunno offhand, but not in Cantos, or at least I don't think so. Maybe now I'll write a book on my ongoing confusion! :)