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.

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.