The picture above is of a Mourning Dove. This is another bird that doesn't eat the fruit, but rather the seeds within the fruit. Another bird I discovered that does this besides the American Goldfinch is the House Finch.
The Northern Mockingbirds are in my yard constantly now eating the mulberries and yes one lone male has discovered his favorite spot for singing is right near my bedroom window. I am wondering it its the same one from last year!!!! Let's hope he decides to roost every night before 11PM!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
On the drive home I saw one of the juvenile Red-tailed hawks perched on a telephone line and making it's call.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Snipet of info on this sparrow from Birds of North America:
Upon arrival at the nesting grounds, the male begins singing day or night, rain or shine, perched or concealed. He cocks his tail down, elevates his head, and expels with a bodily shutter one of the shortest songs of any songbird.
That is exactly what this little guy was doing when we got there in an attempt I am sure to establish his territory and find himself a mate. He didn't wow a mate, but he wowed the dozen or so birders who were there when we were.
I have a video below that will demonstrate some of the behaviour Birds of North America was referring to but I have to warn you, IT IS TERRIBLE!!! You see, I didn't get home until 1:30 last night and had to get up at 4:30 so had already had a cup of strong French Roast and a Turbo from Dunkin's so I had the shakes really bad. Plus, the scope had to be up high enough so I could see it which meant I was on my tip toes (sometimes I wish I were a couple inches taller) and had to angle the camera in such a way that it was angled down from the lens but steady it with my elbows which meant for a very shaky video. If you are prone to dizziness, than I STRONGLY suggest you not watch it as it could make you nauseous.
HA.........Dizzy yet????? Yes folks, I think its time for me to cut back on the caffeine!
As you can see, the homeowner doesn't seem bothered by their choice of dwelling at all!
Another pose. They really seem to like the telphone wires.
A picture of one of the many nests.
A shot of the quaint New England barn.
On our way to see the Henslow's Sparrow we came across this Turkey Vulture above who was feasting on porcupine!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
It was a light day of birding for me (from 6am to noon) because I had to come home and clean the house because I am going out to dinner with my mother and sister tonight so there is always a chance she may need to come in for some reason. She is a clean freak and I am not but turn into one whenever there is potential for her to enter my dwelling because I don't want to get the eye. ;o). Four hours later it's as clean as it's gonna get.
Anyhow, I went to a few places including the Cross Street area of Millbury to check on the Red-tailed Hawk juvies who have fledged since the last time I blogged about them.
They still stick around the area where the nest is and continue to keep an eye on me whenever I venture over to see them.
The picture below is of one of the culprits, getting ready to turn around to start the dive bombing mission again.
The Northern Mockingbirds were out in full force again including the one below. Mockers are one of my favorite birds so its nice to see them back out again and acting like their usual selves. I am just hoping the one who spent countless nights in front of my bedroom window last summer decides to visit my neighbor this year!
And last one I promise. ;o)
Friday, June 26, 2009
The picture above was taken by the maintenece man to my buidilng. He called me yesterday and told me to get up to 24 quick as both the male and female Peregrine Falcons were up near the sky light. I get up there as quickly as I can to see that they were in an area where photo taking would be close to impossible due to how they were positioned.
He told me the only way I could get some decent shots would be to go up this flimsy little rusted metal ladder and peek my head out of the honkin skylight which he could open for me if I wanted to. He looks at my shoes and says "maybe that's not such a good idea". I say "of course you are right Tim" and I am kicking myself for not wearing sensible shoes! He offers to go up with my camera and take some photos for me. I zoom to where I think he should be to get the shot and use my favorite camera setting and off he goes. There he is ooohing and aaaahing over the falcons and I am down below jealous of his fortune. HA! Suddenly I can hear the Kaw-Kaw of one of the falcons as it flies of to be with his young on the BankNorth Building. The picture above is of the male before he took flight.
"Is the other one still up there I yell". Yes he says. Tim I yell, Can I get up there for a shot of the other? He comes down from the rickety ladder and looks at me nervously. Ummmmmmm, Sure, Just be careful. Okay I say as I am half way up the ladder trying to get up there as quickly as I can before it decides to flee.. I stop my speed halfway at the thought of falling off of the ladder because I know I have to see my mother this weekend and if I were to injure myself by falling off a ladder going up to the skylight and open window of the tallest building in Worcester to get a picture of a bird (that's what they all are to her), would just re-c0nfirm to her-her theory that I have taken my birding a little too far. HA! Not to mention how the heck could I bird the rest of the summer with a broken ankle!!!! I think of myself plowing through powerline trails on one of those scooters you always see elderly people on in the grocery store and caution naturally sets in. So I climb up gingerly and make sure I hang on tight with one arm while I angle the camera with my free hand.
I get up to the open window and the first thing that strikes me is how much sky there is up there!!! It is windy too and the wind is blowing my hair all over the place as I try and get my eye on the falcon. It is the female and she is almost directly above me. She looks at me and I freeze. I cannot take a picture, and I cannot breathe because I am in awe of this bird and unable to move. Finally I get my wits back and I manage one photo before she does her own Kaw-Kaw and flies above my head. I hear her wing beats and remain there for a minute wishing she'd come back.
There were also two Red-bellied Woodpeckers which is the first time I have seen them here since early April. Perhaps they are gathering food for nestlings??