Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Is the Time for ...

Lately my focus has been on spring as the time for hawk, shorebird and songbird migration. However, spring is also the main breeding season for our resident birds. I was reminded of this the other day when a very young juvenile House Finch turned up in our front yard. Constantly cheeping, it hopped around from feeder to feeder but couldn't work out how to use any of them. The poor little thing sounded desperate.

Two juvenile Carolina Wrens have been much luckier. Their parents have been bringing them to our yards and showing them around.  Normally each parent keeps a close eye on one juvenile. As you can see from the photos below, the young birds are much less debonair than the adults.

The parents been feeding the juveniles, too. One adult stashed a juvenile safely in the wisteria on our shed and then flew back and forward bringing it grubs and other tasty morsels. This involved some acrobatics.

At one point, the wrens seemed to catch the attention of a Green Anole. 

I wondered if the adult wren might decide that anoles are good eating, but the bird totally ignored the reptile.


Away Again
BTW, when you read this, we'll be away in Bastrop, which is between Houston and Austin. We're going there mainly to visit Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. We drive up on Friday morning and return on Saturday afternoon.

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