Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nesting

It's that time of year.  Nesting time.  It never ceases to amaze me the intricacies and glory of God when I simply observe nature.  I discovered, by accident, a red-headed woodpecker nest in our pine tree.  I was hanging out clothes and heard a ruckus of baby birds.  I was sure there was a snake nearby.  As it was, they were just hungry...and boy were they letting it be known.  I haven't been able to capture a feeding yet, but here is their home.


This nest, belonging to an Orchard Oriole, is appropriately hanging in an apple tree behind our shop.  I am a bit too short to peek in for fear of dumping the eggs on my head.  My husband has seen one egg so far.  I'm having him keep watch.




I love my bluebirds.  This is their second nesting in the box mounted to the top of my clothesline post.  (That, in hindsight, wasn't a wise place to hang it, but I try to give them room and they don't poop on my clothes, so it's working out for us.)  I was able to zoom in on Mom headed into the box.  They are prepping the nest for a new batch of eggs



The martins are so fun to watch.  My neighbor built me this great 12 room condo for them.  If you'll look close, 5 of the holes have fledglings peeking out.  The babysitter on the roof immediately let out a you're-too-close squawk that had them ducking back inside.  But, my trigger finger caught them just in time.  We can sit outside mosquito free as long as they are in residence.


And last, but not least, I caught this great picture of a hummer on my clothesline.  I know they nest in the area, but haven't been fortunate enough to find one of the tiny gems.  I have anywhere from 2 - 12 on my feeder late in the day.  I'm in the Deep Woods and the only feeder for probably 2 miles.  I have to fill it every other day.  They are a pleasure to watch and I think the aeronautical engineers could learn a thing or two from their maneuvers. 


I LOVE my big-girl camera.  Without it, I wouldn't have been able to share such great shots.  It's so nice to be able to capture exactly what I see.  It's also nice to have the time to just watch the birds!



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