They’re Here!

28 May

I shared with you some of the birds I’ve seen around the farm last week.  I forgot to add the goldfinch

and the pair of thrashers.

This handsome fellow was strolling down the road.

pheasant

The oriole was trying to pick up the left-over llama fluff for her nest.

She tried taking too big of a chunk, so she never did get it.

I was happy to see these out in pasture.

bluebird

I think this is an orchard oriole.

red-headed woodpecker

But I have to say, I was thrilled when last Sunday I heard him.     (Audio from The Audubon Society)

The bobolinks are back!

One of the reasons I am so happy that they come and nest in my pasture is because Audubon does list them as a priority bird because of their declining numbers.

It was really exciting to get to see the pair of birds.

The girls are not usually as visible as the male.  He does kind of stand out in his breeding finery.  After the breeding season, they’ll both loose their colors and look a lot like female red-winged blackbirds.

I got to see the whole dancing and flirting (which is why the pictures are so cropped.  I didn’t want to disturb them.)

That’s why I always wait until after the first of July to make hay off my pastures.  I want to make sure they have a chance to raise their babies before we mow.

4 Responses to “They’re Here!”

  1. Jeanne May 28, 2020 at 10:21 pm #

    Wow! What a delightful array of beautiful birds!! Thanks for the song of the bobolink! I’ve n never seen or heard one. They are really pretty.k

  2. janicead May 28, 2020 at 11:07 pm #

    You are Mother Earth’s daughter, waiting to mow the hay. Wonder if industrial farms do that.

    • Teresa May 29, 2020 at 7:16 am #

      Most farmers don’t have that luxury. My income mostly comes from my off farm job.

  3. Eileen Wise May 29, 2020 at 6:10 am #

    Wow, what a great variety of birds. I love them all but the Bobolink is a favorite. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

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