Birds Posts

Marsh Wren by , Ranger

September 18th, 2014

While looking at a common yellowthroat forage at the edge of the Wetlands yesterday, I saw another bird of about equal size and shape rapidly move at the yellowthroat just as it snatched a spider from a rush stem. It was a marsh wren, the first I’d seen in our Wetlands, a new species to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Other September Sights by , Ranger

September 16th, 2014

As many of you know, birds are on the move. The other day I ran into a group of neotropical migrants out on the Explore the Wild/Catch the Wind Loop. In attendance were common yellowthroat, American redstart, Blackburnian, magnolia, northern parula, and prairie warblers, and red-eyed and white-eyed vireos to name just a handful. I’m […] Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Mean Time by , Ranger

August 25th, 2014

While we wait for fall to arrive (we’ve already passed a turning point in the seasons) I thought I’d show you some images of what’s happening now. The partridge pea above has been groomed and readied for cloudless sulphur butterflies to come along and lay their eggs on the plant. So far I’ve seen not […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Summertime Sightings by , Ranger

August 13th, 2014

With the summer just about gone (for me, fall starts around mid August), I thought I’d give you a pictorial update on some of what’s being seen on our 84 acre campus here at the Museum. Last month I mentioned that there were again woolly aphids enjoying the sap of one of our alders in […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 8/5/14 by , Ranger

August 6th, 2014

The occupants of the last remaining active nest in our six nest boxes here at the Museum have fledged. Four new bluebirds have been added to the local avifauna. I do not expect further activity in any of the boxes. All that remains is the counting. Curiously, the total number of birds fledged (33) was […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/29/14 by , Ranger

July 30th, 2014

With only one active nest remaining in our six nest boxes, I feel confident in saying that there will be no further nest starts this season. The four bluebirds that are currently occupying the nest box at the Amphimeadow in Catch the Wind will most certainly be gone by next week’s inspection of the nest […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/22/14 by , Ranger

July 23rd, 2014

We are most certainly coming to the end of the nesting season. There is only one active nest, the Amphimeadow (AM) nest, and it has four fresh bluebird nestlings within. The nestlings haven’t yet opened their eyes so they’ll still be there when I make the rounds next week. All of the other five nest boxes are […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Cuckoo and a Sphinx by , Ranger

July 21st, 2014

  There are three cuckoos in the east, mangrove, black-billed, and yellow-billed. You’d be lucky to see a mangrove cuckoo in its restricted range in Florida, you will not see one here in Durham, NC. Some would say that the other two cuckoos might just as well be restricted to the mangroves of Florida, it’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ ANSWERS by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

Answers to QUIZ TIME. And here’s why. We only have a front view of this bird. The light source is filtering through from behind, not great light. The bird in the photo is a buteo, not an accipiter (Cooper’s hawk). There are three buteos in our area at this time of year, Broad-winged, Red-shouldered, and Red-tailed […] Read the rest of this entry »

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