A wonderful morning. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The year-round residents are getting into their winter groups and the winter residents like the juncos are here in abundance. Generally, at this time of year, I would be at the Wakarusa Wetlands four or more mornings a week. I know I am one of many deeply grieving this loss. I hope that those of us who are doing more feeding, putting up more cover, winter roosting boxes, and brush piles, can offset some of the habitat loss these birds are experiencing. Support the work the Haskell Students are doing here: https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspreservationorganization Click on pictures to enlarge.
When I was at the grocery store the other day, I was watching a small group of starlings sitting on a tower in the distance. I decided to get some pictures. While I was getting my camera out, they all scattered. When I zoomed in, they were in a murmuration and a falcon was chasing them. The murmation is designed to confuse raptors. They move in this tight formation, moving in synch in all these different ways like a cloud, confusing the raptor who cannot lock on to one single bird. This went on for a while. The raptor gave up and the starlings went back to their perch on the tower. It was something to watch! Click on pictures to enlarge.
Hummingbirds seem to be everywhere right now, buzzing around the yard, jostling for nectar. Each year, the amount we see during migration grows. I think this is not only because we just keep planting stuff, but we are seeing the children of birds who have visited in previous years. It’s very exciting! Click on pictures to enlarge.
Yes, they are kind of noisy, but this is one of the things I love about them. They constantly let everyone know what is going on and when the Cooper’s hawk shows up, they bravely taunt him/her giving everyone a chance to dive for cover. They love it when I throw peanuts to them and have recently started bringing the young to the patio to indulge. Click on pictures to enlarge.