Friday, July 31, 2009
I'm glad you got a picture of him. Red-winged Blackbirds were on my list to get pictures of in the near future. Thanks a bunch!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Caleb an I also plan to build a few owl boxes this fall and plan to get them in place before winter. We have been talking about this for a few weeks and researching what materials we need as well as choosing the correct plan. Tonight provided a little motivation to get the boxes built. Caleb was ready to build them tonight.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I having been using iBird Explorer PRO, an app for my Ipod touch, as my reference tool. It has been a great help. Can anyone confirm my identification of this bird?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The girls and I discovered this nest of brown speckled eggs buried in a climbing clematis on one of our back deck banisters. We weren't sure what kind of eggs they were until we started seeing a male and female cardinal taking turns flying into the nest. The other picture is the last one I took of them before they "disappeared" from the nest. The cardinals will often come to the back door, which has glass low to the ground, and peck at their reflections!
Thanks for the pictures! They are great.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
You never know what you will discover when watching birds on the Kokosing Gap Trail. Recently I took this picture just south of where Schenck Creek dumps into the Kokosing River. This very large turtle was sunning himself while a couple smaller turtles joined him near by. I took this picture from a distance of 50 to 60 feet. I estimate the turtle to be 15 to 18 inches in diameter across his back.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Laurie somehow captured this picture of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They have been visiting our feeder for quite a while. They are amazing birds and very fun to watch.
Caleb learned the other day that hummingbirds make their nest out of spider webs and their eggs are the size of navy beans.
After a little research we determined this is a Brown-Headed Cowbird. Caleb seemed to think that name was a little funny. We also discovered that cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds nests. The other birds end up raising the cowbird young. This is a result of the cowbirds following herds of buffalo that constantly changed locations. A primitive form of foster care!
I hope you enjoy the Finch Frenzy slide show. The Finches have been
visiting our feeders from the beginning and provide much entertainment
and enjoyment. It has been fun to watch their colors change as their
mating season nears. They are beautiful. Enjoy!