We have a reprieve from the heat this weekend and rain to help with the deficit. Birds have been busy feeding young with lots of activity at the feeders with House Finches, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Downy Woodpeckers and a few more species showing up every day. I was delighted to see that the Red-bellied Woodpeckers brought in a fledgling to feed today. This pair had been ousted from their carefully made nest site by the European Starlings back in late March.
They must have made another cavity and finally, they have succeeded! The birds have often used this particular branch as a prep table for the food, sometimes adding insects found in the holes. The female took seed from the one large feeder with an equal mix of black oil sunflower and safflower seed.
There was also a young Northern Cardinal out on its own today. It was finding some tiny seeds in the leaf litter, where it was well-camouflaged.
Two young Blue Jays were vying for the attention of their parents. One started investigating the suet feeder and decided to give some a try.
Last week, I was checking the Bubbler Cam videos as I usually do early in the morning. I was a bit surprised to see the size of this family at the bubbler.
These are busy, busy times in the woods right now. We heard a Wood Thrush on July 1 and it sang at least five times. I sure would love to see that it had a family, too. And another probable nester has been calling a lot in this cooler weather, an Acadian Flycatcher. It perched briefly today near the deck, so we both got a good look. It is the largest and greenest of the North American Empidonax group of flycatchers, with a distinctive eyering and yellowish wing bars.
Here's a link to read more about the bird and hear the explosive "peet-sah!" sound that the Acadian Flycatcher makes.
We're in for a big return to the summer heat this week. Be sure to keep those hummingbird feeders clean and changed every 3 days!