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Bluebird Update 4/22/14 by , Ranger

April 23rd, 2014

There have been a few changes since last week’s inspection of the six nest boxes here at the Museum. All nest boxes are occupied, as was the case last week. But now, all bluebird nests have full compliments of eggs, all are being incubated by their respective parents. And, all but one chickadee egg has […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Some Goings On by , Ranger

April 21st, 2014

Just a handful of things that you might want to keep an eye out for while walking along the Outdoor Loop Trail this spring at the Museum of Life and Science. Whenever an “outside” pair of geese fly into the Wetlands, the resident gander takes offensive action towards the intruder. Sometimes a simple flyby suffices […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 4/15/14 by , Ranger

April 16th, 2014

We now have six nest boxes containing 16 eggs. Last week there were a total of seven eggs in the boxes, all chickadee eggs. There are now an additional 9 eggs, all belonging to bluebirds. There has been a change in ownership of one nest box and two of the boxes have completed nests sans eggs. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 4/8/14 by , Ranger

April 9th, 2014

The second week in April and we have eggs, chickadee eggs, seven chickadee eggs! All six nest boxes have complete nests within. Three chickadee nests and three bluebird nests. The nests at the Cow Pasture, Amphimeadow, and Picnic Dome all have bluebird nests but, as yet, no eggs. The chickadee nests are at the Bungee, […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 4/1/14 by , Ranger

April 3rd, 2014

The first thing to report is that there were no eggs in any of the nests this week. I had predicted there would be eggs in at least one of the boxes. Proof again that the birds know better than I when it comes to when and where to lay their eggs. A few of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Waxwings, “Just stopping by.” by , Ranger

April 1st, 2014
Not a feather out of place.

Not a feather out of place.

The wandering nomadic flocks of Cedar Waxwings are always a pleasure to see. I usually hear them before I see them, their trill, high-pitched calls signaling their presence, either flying overhead or perched above in some tall tree staging for an assault of a nearby fruiting tree or shrub. Hearing high-pitched sounds is not as easy for me as it once was, so it was by sight that I first became aware of a flock here at the Museum last week.

The birds were flying to and from loblolly pines to a group of red cedar trees next to the Sail Boat Pond in Catch the Wind. They were laying bare the fruit of the cedars, as waxwings are known to do. The flocks spot a likely source of fruit, holly berries, Pyracantha, or fruit laden cedar tree, assault the tree or shrub for however long it takes to render it fruitless, then fly off to find a new source of berries.

I photographed the berries of this same group of cedars for a display case in Explore the Wild during late Fall of last year. The trees were loaded with fruit.

A close shot of the cedar, or juniper, berries,  from November.

A close shot of the cedar, or juniper, berries, from November.

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow by , Ranger

March 28th, 2014

There was a considerable amount of flycatching going on in our Wetlands on Wednesday. Besides the local Eastern Phoebes and winter resident Yellow-rumped Warblers (butter butts) sallying forth from their willow branch perches to capture winged insects over the Wetlands’ water, two Northern Rough-winged Swallows showed up. They are aerial specialist, only perching to rest […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 3/25/14 by , Ranger

March 26th, 2014

All six of our bluebird nest boxes are spoken for, three have been claimed by Carolina Chickadees and three by bluebirds. Although there was minimal work done on two of the bluebird nests in the past week, just a few needles added and moved around a bit, the chickadees have been working in earnest. The little […] Read the rest of this entry »

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The Pace Quickens by , Ranger

March 24th, 2014

As the days pass, more and more species step in line. Plants and animals that have been waiting out the cold spring to life as the daytime temperatures hit the 70s and the nights level off in the fifties. A couple more days of chilly (not cold, but chilly) weather and it will all be […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Too by , Ranger

March 21st, 2014

Spring progresses, interupted occassionally by sleet, snow and freezing rain, but still progresses. In between the bouts of the above mentioned weather I’ve photographed proof that spring is here and that it can’t be reversed. And finally, not necessarily a sign of spring but just a nice portrait of Red Wolf 1414 as he surveys […] Read the rest of this entry »

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