It has been a very successful breeding season around here for the Eastern Bluebirds. I had already reported one brood that fledged and now I see babies getting fed in the nestbox again. Also, we have parent Eastern Bluebirds visiting with and feeding their fledglings the sunflower meats at the feeder cam.
Yesterday I saw a male/female pair of Eastern Towhees at the cracked corn tray. And back to fledglings again, I saw a Downy Woodpecker feeding one of its offspring some suet yesterday as well.Filed under Updates | Comments (10)
Upon returning from the trip I have not seen any Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeders. I think I may have seen one male in a tree in the front yard on Tuesday though. Did not get a good look to be positive on that one. I have spotted a Ruby-throated Hummingbird a couple of times. Our busiest time for them is in a couple of months. I hope I will have enough activity to put the nectar feeder in front of the feeder cam during that time. The American Goldfinch are busy making more American Goldfinch and are seldom seen at the feeders right now. Along that line, I have seen the Eastern Bluebirds back around the nextbox. I really need to get over my fear of scaring them away and start checking it for signs of a new nest/eggs.
The White-tailed Deer continue to visit the cracked corn tray. I think the adult doe deer are taking care of newborn or are close to that point. The deer I am seeing around the feeder right now look like last years fawns. Also the chipmunk, Eastern Cottontail Rabbit and the Gray Squirrel are seen at the feeder. The American Crows and the Blue Jays are more regular on their visits to it as well.
On another note, while I was in the Western Caribbean around Cozumel and the neighboring area, I kept seeing what I can only identify as female Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring over our ship and near the coastline. Is there any other sea bird that looks exactly like that and is smaller? I have looked at pictures, read the descriptions and checked the range at this time of year. Almost everything I see and read indicates these were females of that species. The only part that is throwing me off is that they did not look like they had the seven foot plus wingspread of a Magnificent Frigatebird. Maybe they were farther away when they looked close due to their size.
Thanks for visiting and writing, Jim.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)