Monday, February 29, 2016

The Birds are Calling You




                                                              Great Blue Heron


                                                                  Male Redhead



                                                           Male Red-winged Blackbird


                                                                    Mallard Hen


                                                                      Mallard Pair


                                                          Male Downy Woodpecker


                                                              Male Northern Cardinal


                                                            Female Northern Cardinal


0715-0955 hrs./39-59 degrees F/sunny/light and variable winds

Birds were everywhere this morning, and their mating calls resounded.  They are already
gathering nesting materials and some are even nesting.  I have seen the commonest House
Sparrow carrying feathers for inside the nest cup which will be closest to the eggs.  American Robins already have a brood patch, which is exposed skin that will be warmest up against the egg.  The
Killdeer are everywhere, mostly on the jetties, and life is good on Boomer Lake.  I think you'll
agree with me.