The Barn Swallow chicks, which have occupied several mud nests under the eaves of our house and buildings, are soaring. Yesterday, I sat waiting for the Indigo Buntings (future post) to arrive at a spot near the house where they tend to come for… Continue Reading “Aerial Acrobats”
Barn Swallows erected their mud and grass nest under the eves of an old building on our farm. From a photographic perspective, that means poor lighting. However, it doesn’t take away from the cuteness factor of these young chicks begging for their meals!
The House Wren is a very cute little bird with a big-ass personality. I recognize that this species is part of the ecosystem here at our retired farm. But, House Wrens can be brutal. I’ve observed them oust Tree Swallow and Bluebird couples from… Continue Reading “Singin’ His Heart Out”
In the past few days I have checked in with the Red-headed woodpecker activity in the dead branch of a large tree. A new hole is being constructed about 35 feet up, in a location that is not very easy to film – or… Continue Reading “Flick it”
This Red-shouldered hawk seems unaffected by the Northern Mockingbird’s attempt to run him out of the neighborhood. The Duck box is a preferred spot for the Hawk to sit for a spell. The other residents (Red-winged Blackbirds and friends) are very vocal about the… Continue Reading “NonChalant vs Unnerved”
A year ago, I never thought I would be spending so much time compiling and evaluating data. The way I looked at it, “been there done that” when it came to scientific studies. For twenty years I was a professional scientist (initially in basic… Continue Reading “Parenthood”
The header photo of this post is an Eastern Meadowlark singing the morning praises atop a newly rolled bale of hay. Hay is, of course, cut and dried grass (or alfalfa or clover or a mix of those plants.) For the meat eaters who… Continue Reading “Grass – Roots”
Our Duck Box, located on the east side of the pond, has been a happening place. We initially put it up to entice Wood Ducks and/or Kestrels or small Owls to make a home and raise a brood. Through the use of a Trail… Continue Reading “The Duck Box”
The little Tree Swallow chicks in Box #14 seem almost ready to take flight. When I checked on them yesterday, I could tell a difference from the photos I took on May 23, just three days earlier. They develop so quickly.
This baby House Finch (the noisy one) seems to be demanding that his father (the red one) feed him. Rather than give into the little one’s expectations, it appears that the father and mother (which shows up a bit later) are teaching the fledgling… Continue Reading “Watch & Learn”