Action at the Feeder and elsewhere, today.
I believe this is new visitor. I think it is Brewer’s Blackbird.
Not sure. Two, showed up one day and spent a lot of time trying to get at the suet cage.
Haven’t seen them since.
I have been seeing some mature Orioles, which surprised me. I thought they had taken off already.
But this is a young adult male molting into its more mature colors.
And now for a sight both fearsome and alluring, at least to his rivals and the ladies.
Behold, Macho Puffed-Up Goldfinch. Carduelis macho-sufflatus.
This guy hung around on that wire for a few minutes, puffing and relaxing, puffing and relaxing, no doubt striking despair in the hearts of the other males while melting female resistance.
Goldfinches nest late in the season.
At Sabine Pond I had a close encounter with an young Great Blue Heron.
I have seen this one many a time, but he always takes to flight when I get anywhere near.
This time not, for some reason. He eats the fry around the edge of the pond.
It is sometimes hard to tell the young herons from the Sandhill Crane.
Finally, he launched himself to the other side of the pond.
Whence I was scrutinized with disapprobation.
At last, he had enough.
Finally, I note with great pleasure that the Chickadees are back in force.
I am not sure why they haven’t been coming to the feeders very much during the summer.
I would see one once in a while, and hear them at a distance. I can usually draw them in, imitating their call, but not so much this summer.
But, they seem, to be back. And my oh my do they like that saffron seed right now! HELP!