My, oh my, it's MAY! 5-6-24

May 06, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

May is a time for feeding new chicks and migrating birds!

 

4-25-24 Eastern Bluebird carrying fecal sac out4-25-24 Eastern Bluebird carrying fecal sac out

4-28-24 Eastern Bluebird fledgling4-28-24 Eastern Bluebird fledgling

Eastern Bluebirds fledged on 4/28/24.  They've been seen and heard making the rounds of the neighborhood.

 

4-17-24 House Wren removing chickadee eggs4-17-24 House Wren removing chickadee eggs 5-4-24 Adult tempts chick with caterpillar food5-4-24 Adult tempts chick with caterpillar food

Despite the House Wren removing three of the chickadee eggs, at least one chick made it to fledging on 5/4/24. The adult coaxed it out with a treat!

 

4-28-24 Rose-breasted Grosbeak4-28-24 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4-29-24 Summer Tanager red morph female4-29-24 Summer Tanager red morph female 5-4-24 Common Yellowthroat5-4-24 Common Yellowthroat

The leaves have grown quickly, concealing the birds. Try your hand at identifying these three! (Answers at the end of the post.)

 

4-23-24 Indigo Bunting4-23-24 Indigo Bunting

An Indigo Bunting enjoyed a bath in the bubbler.

  4-25-24 Nashville Warbler with yellow eye ring- hybrid with Orange-crowned?4-25-24 Nashville Warbler with yellow eye ring- hybrid with Orange-crowned? 4-25-24 Nashville Warbler4-25-24 Nashville Warbler

These are both Nashville Warblers, but the first has a very yellow eye-ring, not the typical bold white. It may just have more pigment, but it's the first one I've seen like it.

 

4-28-24 Wild Turkey4-28-24 Wild Turkey On 4-28-24, a Wild Turkey trotted through the woods.

 

4-28-24 Northern Waterthrush4-28-24 Northern Waterthrush

A Northern Waterthrush has been around for a week now, foraging in the swampy thicket or garden beds.

 

4-28-24 Baltimore Orioles4-28-24 Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles have been seen and heard often, and four got in the bubbler on 4-28-24.

 

5-1-24 Yellow Warbler5-1-24 Yellow Warbler


A striking Yellow Warbler first showed itself on 5-1-24.

 

4-29-24 Black-and-white Warbler4-29-24 Black-and-white Warbler

This Black-and-white Warbler rested for a bit in this rough-leaf dogwood.

 

5-4-24 Bay-breasted Warbler5-4-24 Bay-breasted Warbler

A very good day was 5-4-24 when this beauty came in, a Bay-breasted Warbler.

  5-4-24 Northern Parula5-4-24 Northern Parula

A Northern Parula felt right at home in the basin.

 

And now, for the quiz answers!

 

4-25-24 Rose-breasted Grosbeak4-25-24 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 

4-29-24 Summer Tanager red morph female4-29-24 Summer Tanager red morph female

Summer Tanager, red morph female

 

5-4-24 Common Yellowthroat5-4-24 Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat, a bird that is often hidden!

Now, to change it up...

 

They're here!!

Brood XIX of the Periodical Cicadas are emerging now. This morning, I watched Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe and female Indigo Bunting catching and eating them. What a bounty of food for all the birds and small mammals!  

 

Copper Iris is now in bloom in the Water Garden.

 

4-28-24 Migration Map4-28-24 Migration Map

 

This map shows that we are into prime migration time! I'll be doing my best to document what is here.

To view all the birds since the last post, open this page:

Birds since 4-22-24


 


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