Monday, July 05, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

It's getting busier and busier in our yards with more birds turning up every day and most of them bringing along their chicks. It's costing us a fortune in sunflower seeds and suet. Yesterday's new arrivals were a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves. They live around our block but rarely visit us.

A score or more White-winged Doves are always with us but yesterday several of them were acting oddly: They were sitting on the fence and spreading out their tails.

It wasn't a mating display and they weren't preening. It wasn't particularly hot either, so I've no idea what they were doing. Whatever the reason for the Doves' behavior, a young House Finch thought it looked like fun and decided to join in.

We have half-a-dozen young Northern Cardinals now and one young male has an impressively tall crest.


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