Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tonight, Around the Yard

Finally we think we might have a pair of Baltimore orioles nesting in the yard, something we've waited years for.

Some birds made a brief appearance around the yard here at Indigo Hill tonight. The family was off at Phoebe's softball practice, so I took the opportunity to amble about with scope and camera, stealing avian souls. It was a nice distraction from an intense day.

Now, as Rob Reiner (Marty DiBergi) once said in This Is Spinal Tap: "Enough of my yakkin'! Let's boogie!"
Our tree swallows are incubating six pinkish eggs in the mid-meadow box.

Young house finches are already fledged, but still have the downy "horns" of their nestling plumage.

A fledgling bluebird begs Dad for something to eat.

Our yellow-breasted chat, head-on, from just beyond our fire circle. His mate was gathering nesting material.

Barn swallows do not nest on our barn-free farm, but they do visit each day for the eggshells we crush on our front sidewalk.


At 7:06 AM, Blogger MojoMan said...

What a wonderful collection of photos! All taken in one evening? Amazing!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

You are getting that digiscoping thing down pat. Nice pics.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger laughingrat said...

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At 1:02 PM, Blogger laughingrat said...

Beautiful photos. I really enjoy that you are in the same state as me--gives me some tips about who to look for when I'm out and about. Edit: I meant birdwise. Who to look for, birdwise. :)]

In re: Baltimore orioles, I once saw a striking black, orange, and white bird in a local forest...singing for all he was worth, and fearlessly close to the trail I was walking on. Your oriole looks a little different from what I remember, but I've always thought that was my first (and so far only) Baltimore oriole. Such striking colors!


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