There have been strange things happening around here.
I live in an apartment with a door to a small outside but covered courtyard. An outside entrance, I’m sure, so they can say it is a townhome and charge me more rent. But anyway. . .
I keep finding grass all over my doormat.
Took me a few days to look up and find a barn swallow nest above my door.
Now what do I do? It’s a bit ewwwee — not sanitary at all. If I call the landlord they will remove the nest and I will feel bad. Like I’ve ruined this middle-class bird couple’s chance for a new home, in a nice neighborhood, with dry, protected surroundings. hmmm.
On another bird note (see what I did right there? 🙂
On another bird note, my hummingbirds are back. I was slow to get my feeder up. To my delight, there were many flying around my deck looking for the feeder. They came back. How cool is that? Enjoy your day,
This summer, like all great things, will be coming to an end soon. With the start of school and the cooler nights, everything takes the cue to move to the next stage. My hummingbirds will be leaving soon. I’ve heard the Baltimore Orioles are already out of areas in our region.
According to Wired.com, forty percent of all North American waterfowl, and up to 50% of all migratory bird species use the Mississippi River as a navigational aid. Enough birds follow the Mississippi Flyway that they are picked up by radar on calm evenings.
I use BirdCast to get an idea of what is flying through my area. It helps me decide if I need to make an effort to get outside and what habitat to visit to see the birds I want.
So fly away. Bring on Fall. (…. and no, there will not be an obnoxious pumpkin spiced reference in this post.)
If you ever see an “injured” adult bird, don’t necessarily believe it. In summer, Kildeer nest in these tiny nests — often in parking lots at my work. The first time I saw a limping momma Kildeer, I felt sorry for her. She limped. She
cocked her wing to make it look like it was mangled. I’ve since learned this is a ploy momma’s do to lead you away from her precious babies. Groovy, right?!
The Administration’s 2018 budget blueprint, released last month, would eliminate many EPA programs — bird habitat and important conservation programs decimated. The crippled bird, may be all too real in the future.
I subscribe to a bird watch list serv run by our state’s ornithology chapter. It provides birders a place to share locations of interesting birds for the rest of the list serv members. The Fall/Winter that the Snowy Owl locations dipped down further South than they had been in centuries, was a particularly great year to be using the list serv.
I do a lot of birding, but it is ducks that I really love to find and watch. Recently, I had a lifer – a bird type first seen and positively identified – to add to my life list of birds. Cinnamon Teal. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice enough camera to justify posting a picture here. Therefore, enjoy this photo taken be Joan Gellatly.
I quickly knew from posts on the list serv where to go to try and see this Teal. It worked like a charm.