Saturday, May 30, 2009

A partly sunny bird day

Cardinal
Cardinal

Turkey
Wild Turkey

Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Robin feeding
Robin feeding


We went for a walk this morning and when we got to a clearing, Chris paused to soak up some sun, a rarity of late. We walked a little further and came across a like-minded turkey. Later in the day, we got a nice picture of a cardinal at the platform feeder, saw a tufted titmouse also eating a seed taken from the platform feeder, and saw our robin fledglings demanding to be fed from their parents.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Beave

Beaver


Beavers have been nightly visitors. Mike put some fallen branches on the lake side of the fence. At dusk, two beavers came by for a snack.

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Geese on Parade: Photos by Jeff



A gaggle of combined Canada Geese families.

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Closter Nature Center

Catbird
Grey Catbird

Deer 


We visited the Closter Nature Center early on Memorial Day. We saw a few birds, a few chipmunks and a few deer, but the highlight was encountering two wolves chasing a deer. We decided that another birding spot would be more relaxing and went to the Meadowlands. (Edited for correction:) We are more familiar with the coyotes in California, which are smaller than what we saw here. We have since found out that the coyotes on the East Coast are larger, so we're sure it was not wolves now. I guess we could have continued on the trail after all.

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A quick trip to the meadowlands

We took a quick drive to Richard W. DeKorte Park in the meadowlands.
It was a nice day for a walk in the sun and we enjoyed the few birds we saw. However, we also like having a bottle of wine on our dock and waiting for the birds to come to us.

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow

Gadwall
Gadwall

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White Doves

White Doves 

White Doves 


This was an odd sighting. Two white doves were flying around. Perhaps they were released from a graduation or wedding? They landed right in the lake and on the railing a foot from our cat who behaved himself nicely.

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Male Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole 

Baltimore Oriole 


The male oriole watches over the nest area and spends much of the day maintaining his striking plumage.

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House Wren

House Wren 

House Wren 

We almost missed this little wren because we were so preoccupied with watching the orioles. The duck house is only a few feet from our chairs on the dock, and Chris looked over (instead of up at the orioles), and told Mike there is a tiny bird in the duck house. It was throwing out all the wood shavings that we placed in there for ducks. We read that the male house wren will select several nesting places and start them with some twigs, and then the female will select which one she likes and finish it. We're not sure which part of the process this was, but it was fun to watch.

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Juvenile Swallows

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow


The swallows have been out in full force this spring. The juveniles in these pictures were part of groups that seemed to be honing their flying skills. The immature tree swallow made several aborted attempts at entering the duck house, coming within inches of our heads a couple times. It's possible its nest was in the duck house since we also had swallows frequenting it last month. The swallow interrupted the house wren and rested on the duck house. We saw an adult come to feed it, but the feeding was broken up when they were chased away by the orange avenger, aka the Baltimore Oriole, enforcing the no-fly zone within 50 feet of their nest.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a male and a female tree swallow who have been living in our little bird house for 3 weeks now. We really enjoy them and the male actually perches on one of our shepherds hooks and we whitle and talk to him (it actually seems like he knows us). When we go outside on near the tree they are not frightened at all. We have a cat and they could care less about each other.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Who knew? A red-bellied woodpecker eating an orange.

Red-bellied woodpecker 



We've had to adjust our feeders due to the arrival of the Baltimore Orioles. The male oriole, also known as the orange avenger, is very protective of the nest area and chases away the blue jays. The jays had been feeding with the woodpeckers on our suet feeder. We decided not to contribute to the problem and stopped the suet feeding. We did put up oranges for the orioles, but they haven't bothered with them. Chris was surprised this morning to find a red-bellied woodpecker at an orange half. He even ate a seed.

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Mrs. Oriole putting the finishing touches on the nest

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Goldfinch at the feeder

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Fledgling Robin

Fledgling Robin 

Baby Robin 

American Robin Baby 

Robin Baby 


Our robins have flown the nest, but we think they are still in the area. Of course, it's hard to tell becuase they look like all the other robins.

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