Bluebirds, Phoebe and Osprey
There have been soooo many “nature” things going on and I don’t even know where to start. I got back from Massachusetts on Sunday and realized that all 4-5 inches of snow had melted. These are the wonderful turning points in the weather where I could be spending all my time focused on the critters (but I need to work to pay the bills). I quickly opened all my windows so my kitties could get some fresh air and there was the “wonderful” sound of Eastern Bluebirds down near my bluebird box. Monday morning the Bluebirds were actively adding nesting material to the box and I plan on trying to get a video clip of them once I get a little more time.
This Eastern Phoebe photo was taken in August 2006
I also had my first of the year Eastern Phoebe (CHECK) singing where they always are just off from the Garage. I was starting to get a little worried about these guys since there were reports of them in the area and then the cold spell hit us. Last year they started building on the house but then abandoned before laying their eggs. Maybe this year will be different and I can have some videos of baby Eastern Phoebe’s being fed??
I also got a report from one of the Park Managers that the Osprey returned while I was gone. After work I visited one of their nesting locations since I was heading out that direction already. I saw 6 different individuals (3 pairs) already staking out their territories (CHECK, first of the year). On average they always arrive around the 24th of March so it appears these guys are right on schedule!! What was interesting is that when I was editing the photos of this bird, I happen to notice that it had a band on its leg. Makes me wonder where it came from??
I know that there are many more new things showing up that I am missing because I am not out in the field. Some of these would include the early butterflies, snakes and even some bird migrants. The big “Salamander Night” happened Monday night and did take a ton of photos. I plan on making this amazing phenomenon a separate blog posting. The picture of this Spotted Salamander is only a teaser of what should be coming next on my blog.