Saturday, August 7, 2010

Three Baby Wrens

Baby House Wrens
Best wren shot of the day!

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That really is great! Love your site....

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Cliff Swallow Babies

Baby Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow Feeding

Cliff Swallow Baby Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow Nest
We took the boat down under the bridge to check up on the cliff swallow nests. Fewer babies than we expected, but we were happy to see three nests had hatchlings in them. We are certainly getting an education with this year's hatchings. While we were watching, one of the baby birds intentionally turned itself around so its rump was sticking out the opening of the nest and pooped. That's what is shown in the bottom picture. It's not an adult heading into the nest. We didn't know about this behavior, and we'll do a little research to verify what we saw, but it sure seemed intentional to us. What a great way to keep the nest nice and tidy! We have watched the adult wrens carry the fecal sacs from their nests, but this was even more impressive.

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And this is terrific, too! I've seen thousands of these guys at New Hope; it's really dramatic. But never this close-up, so thanks for that....

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Baby Barn Swallow

Baby Barn Swallow
This barn swallow baby was under the bridge that goes over Lake Nelson.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Wren Feeding

Baby House Wren

Wren Feeding

We think the baby wren on the right side of the picture sort of looks like Grandpa from the Munsters.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Wrens

We ate dinner out on our deck last night, starting with chips and a nectarine salsa from Terhune farms. The wrens were active feeding their babies and the babies have grown and become more adventuresome so we can now see them from the opening in the bird house.

Mike set up the camera on a tripod with the remote. Whenever a feeding occurred, one of us would press the shutter release. Here are some of the better pictures.




Occasionally, when one parent is inside the house feeding, the other hands it an insect. Or should we say the other "beaks" it an insect. We used to call this a hand-off but now we call it a beak-off.



 

We grilled a nice fillet mignon for dinner but these baby birds enjoyed their insects just as much.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Osprey: Photo by William

Juvenile Osprey on nest taken at Edwin Forsythe NWR in Oceanville NJ on 7/31/2010


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Black Crowned Night Heron: Photo by William

 

Black Crowned Night Heron taken at Edwin Forsythe NWR in Oceanville NJ on 5/29/2010.


Black Crowned Night Heron taken at Edwin Forsythe NWR in Oceanville NJ on 6/5/2010. I took this around 10:30 AM which is a pretty unusual time for a BCNH to be up and around at.

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Snowy Egret: Photo by William


Picture of a Snowy Egret taken 6/5/2010 at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville NJ. It was fishing next to one of the flood-gates when the tide was coming in.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Great Blue Heron on little green lake



Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

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We were happy to see the great blue heron fishing from our floating island when we woke up this morning.

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Summer Backyard Birds in New Jersey

Robin
Robin

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Chickadee
Chickadee

One very hot day, we caught this robin taking a bath in our waterfall.

The nuthatches have been very active on the tree trunks but rarely are found on the ground.

We've had quite a few chickadees. They also enjoy the waterfall, but they have also been coming to the tree closest to our deck.

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