It looks like all the local bald eagle nests we visit are good to go. The eagles are back and doing house keeping. Click on picture to enlarge.
We were driving by one of the eagle nests we regularly check in on today and to our surprise one of the parents was there. It was so exciting to see her/him back so early. I have no idea if this pair leaves the area after the young ones fledge or if they hang around, but it sure was a nice surprise. Click on picture to enlarge.
Not the best pictures in the world (mid-afternoon in shadows), but it was wonderful to watch the flycatcher parents coming and going and feeding the babies. We will make an early morning trip soon and I’ll try to get clearer shots. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I thought I was taking a picture of a scissor-tailed flycatcher in the tree. It wasn’t until we got home that we saw the nest. How neat is that! That certainly explains why the two adults were hanging around. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.
We went back this morning to see how our young friend was doing and found him sitting on top of a pole near the same spot. His sister apparently fledged also. It was great to see them doing well. We also saw some activity at the other nest box. Notice the little face peeking out. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I was on my way back from checking on one of the eagle nests last week when I saw a baby kestrel in the road. At first, I thought he was an injured adult. There are many big trucks that come down this road and I was afraid he was going to get run over. I called Operation Wildlife and the wonderful woman on the line said, “Is his tail about two inches long?” I realized she was asking because he was a baby and his parents were probably around feeding him. I asked her if she thought it would be OK for me to move him into the nearby field so he wouldn’t get hit by a car. She said that would probably be a good idea. I really wanted to pick him up and give him a few pets while I was doing this, but of course, I knew no matter how cute he looked, I could lose a finger, not to mention, terrify him. I grabbed a canvas bag out of the car and used it to scoot him out of the road. He hissed at me a bit, but seemed very curious about what I was saying to him (I was telling him how beautiful he was and giving him a little lecture about staying out of the middle of the road).
After I got him into the field, I heard the parents overhead giving me a scolding, so I figured everything would be OK. We went back to check on him over the next few days and realized that the reason he was hanging out in this area, so near the road, was there is a nest box nearby. Sure enough, another baby was sticking her head out watching. The nest box looked a bit like a phone box, so we hadn’t noticed it before. When we checked on him the last time, he was in the same area, but seemed to be doing a bit more flying. We haven’t been back in several days. I pray that he and his siblings are doing well. We hope to drive back by tomorrow and see if all is well. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I discovered the nest empty on June 1. This is the last picture I took on May 29. I have to assume the chicks fledged as the nest did not look disturbed and I have seen the parents around the yard quite a bit. I have seen a few young ones staying close to the thickets, coming out to get a few bites from parents. With so many around right now, it’s impossible to tell if any are from this nest. 🙂 Click on picture to enlarge.
There are three nests of starlings (that I know of) in our yard and our neighbor’s. I can see the openings in the trees and have been waiting for a glimpse of the chicks. I finally was able to see them yesterday. I also watched a woodpecker feed her/his young. The robins are doing quite well also. Very nice! Click on pictures to enlarge.