Ann & I were very lucky to have spotted this tiny new red necked grebe on its moms back. It dad kept nudging at her to say "come on out" I want to see you. Absolutely stunning.
Jen's Creative Photography
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Spent a couple days with my good friend Ann in Toronto. Sunday was a rainy morning. But that didn't stop us. It made for some fun shooting. Fog over the water and around the bluffs was amazing. Ann took this shot of me when the rain was just pouring down. It was fun. Made for beautiful water drops on flowers. And very wet birds.
This family had all the comforts of home in the dog kennel. A roof over their heads, walls were no predator could get in and a full course meal every time it was chow time.Their own personal guard dogs until they got near their time to fly. Always an old guy who could care a less actually, keeping them more company than guarding them. Then they had a private room til they all fledged for safety. They had lots of people watching over them and kept the place talking about the little robins nest in the corner kennel at the back.
As I watched this chipping sparrow nest I noticed that one mouth was quite a bite bigger than the others. As it grew. It was just as I thought. A brown headed cowbird had laid one of her eggs in this nest. Mom & dad chipping sparrow were feeding like crazy to feed this baby along with 3 of their own. This is common practice with cowbirds. Who are twice the size of a chipping sparrow. I have seen song sparrows struggle to feed these gentle giant babies before. And like a true mom. They give it there all.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
These robins have nested in a dog kennel. Everyone is watching over them carefully here. This is a big event. The mirror has become a bit of a challenge for dad. He either thinks its another male or he is noticing how very handsome he is. Or a bit of both.
Spring is a time for new life. Not always an easy time for the birds. I had a pair of merlins here and she was sitting on eggs and all of a sudden they were both gone. Have not heard or seen them since. A mystery. We do have a residen great horned owl in the area. I am not sure if it got the nest one night or what the scoop is. But it was nearing the end for her and getting close to hatch time. So it was a very upsetting event in any case to loose them. I have a baltimore oriole in a beautiful nest on the corner and a flicker on the other corner. Life is everywhere. The air is full of moms feeding hungry wee nestlings and now fledglings as well. A job that never ends from morning til night fall.