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Bird Blog: June 2005
|Great Blue Heron, Durham (neighborhood swamp), 6/29/05||Green Heron, Durham (neighborhood swamp), 6/29/05||Female Northern Cardinal, Durham, 6/29/05||Ovenbird, Durham, 6/29/05.|
|Green Heron, Durham, 6/26/05. For now, this bird is sticking around the swamp. Today, the heron got my attention with its squawking.||Purple Martin, Durham, 6/26/05||Purple Martins, Durham, 6/26/05||Durham, 6/26/05. This bird eludes identification.|
|Green Heron, Durham, 6/24/05||Eastern Bluebird, Durham, 6/24/05.||Female Northern Cardinal, Durham, 6/25/05, in the front yard after leaving the birdfeeder.||A male American Goldfinch (Durham, 6/25/05) retrieves a thistle seed,||retreats to a branch, processes it, then gets ready to return,||going to a fake branch on the feeder,||then starting the cycle over.|
An Eastern Phoebe appeared at the swamp and the Green Heron seems to be sticking around. Back on the home front, a juvenile Northern Cardinal showed up.
|Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), Durham, 6/18/09||Same bird. Both appeared in my favorite swamp.||This Green Heron kept a discreet distance at the the top of a tree at the swamp on 6/18/05.||Green Heron, Durham, 6/18/05. A view of the swamp, duckweed and all.||Juvenile male Northern Cardinal, Durham, 6/20/05. This bird appeared on our backyard deck.||The Green Heron popped up again on 6/20/05,||showed its crest,||finally settled in another tree.|
Pictures of some immature Eastern Bluebirds (I think) that showed in a Durham swamp on 6/16/05. They made loud chattering sounds that were unfamiliar to me.
Territorial battles don't always occur between males -- or females, for that matter. Here, a female American Goldfinch defends her territory against a male.
|A male views his target from the vantage point of a potted tree on the deck.||He makes the leap to a closer position.||A female on the thistleseed bag first senses there's a problem.||She looks up to see the intruder.||He looks down, hoping he'll be welcome.||After the fight, he's back to square one.|
|Purple Martins, male and female, 6/12/05.||Close-up of male martin.||Close-up of female martin.|
A Green Heron appeared in a bog in my Durham neighborhood on 6/12/05.
|A really different kind of bird.||In the sunlight, it's quite a sight!||Sometimes the crest is down,||sometimes up.||A rear view.||Look at that long neck!||A front view.||Preening.|
It's nesting season for some birds, maybe the reason some many female birds are showing up with a new determination to eat what's available. On the other hand, the Mimidae family members (mockingbirds and brown thrashers) are obviously well beyond the nesting stage.
|Female American Goldfinch, Durham, 6/7/05. The one constant in our bird situation is the regular goldfinch visits to the thistleseed bag.||Same bird.||Why do birds of so many species look away when I try to photograph them? This American Robin (6/7/05) illustrates the general problem.||Female Northern Cardinal, Durham, 6/8/05. She showed up in the dim light on our deck to eat seeds there, apparently not without some indecision.||After some impulses to fly away,||she decided to settle down and eat.||Juvenile American Robin, Durham, 6/11/05. Look at those big eyes!|
|Female Eastern Towhee, Durham, 6/5/05.||Brown Thrasher, NC Museum of Art outdoor trail, Raleigh, NC, 6/5/05. This is normally a very reclusive bird, hiding under bushes and up in trees, so I felt lucky to see a family crossing the trail.||Another Brown Thrasher, perhaps a young one, struggling to keep up with the one on the left.|
© 2005 Dorothy E. Pugh
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