Monday, July 6, 2015

Young Scissor-tailed Flycatchers Lead the Pack


                                                    Five Nestling Northern Mockingbirds


                                                      Nestling Scissor-tailed Flycatchers


                                               Eldest of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Nestlings



Sunday July 5, 2015
75-81 degrees/0640-0930/mostly cloudy/20 mph wind gusts

This was yesterday's grouping of photos.  It was the first day of discovery of the mockingbird nest,
and I was very surprised to find five little bodies in there.  As far as I know, they are still in there.




Today
77-83 degrees/0655-0955/partly cloudy/20 mph wind gusts




                                                          Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Youngsters
                                                                         All Out of Nest
                                           

                                                               Red-headed Woodpecker


                                                    Red-headed Woodpecker with mole cricket


                                                 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Yellow Form


                                                       Young Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


                                                    All Three Scissor-tailed Flycatchers


                                              Father Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Has Arrived
                                                                      With a Meal


                                                               One Youngster Eats


                                                   Father flycatcher with the Youngsters

As was proven, today was a fine day for photo ops.  The Red-headed Woodpecker is learning to
trust after a good week, and I'm hoping for more chances.  There are at least three more of them.
These woodpeckers are monochromatic, which means that they wear the same kinds of feathers
and they cannot be told apart visually.  If observed long enough, the male will be discovered, as
he is usually more aggressive and bolder.

The flycatchers are rapidly growing.  Today, the little mockingbirds were asleep, so I left them
alone.  If the weather holds out for me, I'll try to get a shot of them tomorrow, as their growth spurts are going to be very rapid.  I expect that one or two will end up out of the nest, due to lack of space.