Robin’s Nest

Robin pair keeping a close watch on their nestlings as I get closer to them. They seem less disturbed by my presence. There seems to be three chicks in the nest. Hoping tree removal and pruning next week will take place after they have fledged. I won’t allow our yard activity to go anywhere near them if they are still in the nest. The trees to be removed are still fairly close. Maybe it will rain and we will have to postone.

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Big Birds

Usually seen at our backyard suet feeders, a male Pileated Woodpecker (all of them fondly referred to as “Woodrow”) has been nibbling on our dying and insect ridden Weeping Willow that is located in our front yard. It is fairly close to the street and Woodrow doesn’t seem to be bothered by traffic noise.  Our Maine Coon cat, Frederick, alerted me to the fact that Woodrow was near.  Earlier yesterday, while waiting for the elusive Hummingbird to appear,  I was treated to a sighting of a Turkey Vulture gliding above in the front yard. Glad he was prowling and not carrying some prey.  Also happy to get some photos of the big guys for a change.

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Oh no, more birds!

A Brown Thrasher made an appearance at the feeders yesterday. I am always happy to see new or infrequent visitors. The Black-capped Chickdees are still busy nesting in the camper on our front porch. They seem less bothered by our intrusion into their space. Unfortunately, we only have two entrances to the house and they have chosen to raise their family at one of them. The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is apparently making quick, but frequent visits to his feeder. Maybe the unusually high temperatures of the past two days made him hungrier or thirstier? Both the Chickadee and Hummingbird use the Dogwood tree to perch. The tree has died and will be removed on June 1st. Hopefully its replacement will also provide the necessary branches. The birdbath in our backyard gives me a close-up view of a female Brown-headed Cowbird.

 

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Summer-like Spring

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Indigo Bunting

Attempting to lure Bluebirds to our feeders and nesting box has been unsuccessful but instead I was treated to a visit from a lovely male Indigo Bunting.

You can’t always get what you want,
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need. (M. Jagger, K. Richards)DSC_0445DSC_0435DSC_0436DSC_0437DSC_0442

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Avian Profiles

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Winging It

Yesterday brought typical Ithaca weather- wet, gray, and chilly. This weather seems to encourage birdfeeder activity. Having seen the male Baltimore Oriole for a number of days, I was happy to finally have a sighting of the female. She was a feisty bird, chasing away other species much larger than herself. Not as vibrant in color as her partner, she certainly made up for it in personality.

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