There were no real interesting shots taken during the hour that I spent at the nest in week seven. So, let’s skip to week eight, where I found the birds to be more active.
The first two shots were taken from the other side of the river.
This Indigo Bunting photograph was taken near Big Spring, Missouri.
Did you know…?
The Cerulean Warbler population has declined more than 80% since breeding bird surveys began in 1966? Habitat destruction, in the form of mountaintop removal and stream filling in the Appalachians, and forest destruction for agriculture in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, along with wintering grounds destruction for coffee and cocoa production in South America are responsible. Habitat preservation via cessation of deforestation in both nesting grounds and wintering forests are crucial if we are to continue hearing the Cerulean song.
One of my favorites, the Eastern Phoebe conveniently sings its name. If that isn’t easy enough this tyrant flycatcher also pumps its tail incessantly while perched.
English: Blue Manakin
LB: Chiroxiphia caudata
At riverine locals like RMBS, the warbling song of the Warbling Vireo can be heard all day long throughout the summer. However, they have always given me grief when it came to getting a photograph – lurking shyly among the leafy branches of the Cottonwood. This year, I hit a trail where I know they set territories for nesting. Early in the spring, before the leaves expanded, I was able to follow this guy as he made the rounds and get some photos.
Photographed at Big Spring State Park. The American Redstart song seems to be more variable than any of the guidebooks suggest.
Who cooks for you all? My chef of a wife, Sarah, that’s who… 😉
No, not a song bird today. I was lucky enough to come across this Owl during a day hike this spring. Usually, an Owl spotting OZB does whatever it can to escape, but this guy seemed not to be concerned and continued to scan the ground for mice and voles roaming through the leaf litter as I took its picture.