Friday, May 20, 2011
In the wet woodlands the Marsh Marigold is just finishing blooming and the Nodding Trilliums are blooming, but it is a very good year for Jack in the Pulpits as you can see below. I don't remember ever seeing as many as there are this year, all over the forest floor.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This photo shows the typical wren pose. Short wings, barred tail sticking up, and a blur of action as it moves through the wood pile under the white cedar.
Both the male and female build the nest. After the nest is finished and the female is sitting on eggs, the male will fill every other cavity nearby with twigs. He does this to keep other wrens from settling down nearby, and competing for the food supply he and his mate will need to feed their brood of up to ten babies in ten days.
Spring is always in full swing by the time wrens arrive, and I always look forward to seeing and hearing them.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
We caught several Orange Crowned Warblers including this "after second year" male. The males have more orange on their heads than the females. The orange feathers in the crown are usually hidden and can only be seen when the wind blows the covering feathers apart.
After measuring, weighing, and collecting additional data, the birds are released as quickly as possible.
Next banding date is Saturday, May 12, beginning at 6:30 AM to 11:30.