Nesting Boxes

 

 

To attract a mate male Eastern Bluebirds display themselves holding a piece of nesting material. Once a female is attracted it is her who actually builds the nest.

The past century Eastern Bluebird numbers declined. This in large part is due to competition from nonnative species, the House Sparrow and Starling. However a campaign was undertaken to revive their population. The placement and  use of nesting boxes has greatly boosted the Eastern Bluebird population.

 

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You might enjoy putting nesting boxes on your own property. Or too come visit The Great Swamp Conservancy. They have many nesting boxes covering their lengthy trail system. Promoting the Eastern Bluebird population and giving nature enthusiasts a reason to smile.

The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird for New York and Missouri.

Images Captured April 2016

 

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Brown Thrasher (In Defense Of The Nest)

 

Brown Thrashers are known to prefer habitation in the dense growth of shrublands or thickets. This alone made it a difficult bird to photograph. Leading to bad lighting, shadows, and out of focus images. Fortunately for me they are also very strong defenders of their nesting area. If I lingered on the trail near their nesting site, one or both of the pair would come out to monitor me. At these times I finally got some photos I liked.

Images Captured July of 2016

Eat, Play And Sleep

Branch’s rustling in a hedgerow drew my attention. Five young raccoons were enjoying a carefree summer morning. Their time divided between eating berries and playfully wrestling. When they had their fill of both, one by one they fell asleep.

All this in the tight confines of one small tree in a hedgerow.

Images Captured July 17 2016 (click on image to enlarge)

Look Close

Land Snail 0020Entering the trail at dawn (in the warmer months), you will see an unlimited amount of land snails on the vegetation. Land snails, freshwater snails, sea snails, and slugs are Gastropods. A land snail has two sets of tentacles. The eyes are at the end of the longest set.

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Life Lessons

 

Two pictures of spotted sandpipers. The adult on the left, young on the right. Leaving the woods there was noticeable movement on the grassy trail ahead. Closest to me was an adult male Spotted Sandpiper (male Spotted Sandpipers raise the young). In front of him were (I believe) six young. The male was watching over his young as they all searched the ground for food. It was the cutest sight,seemingly marching in formation as they constantly rocked their backsides up and down ( a Spotted Sandpiper trait). Eventually I spooked the adult, he flew nearby and sounded a warning. The young spread out in different directions. I left the area quickly so the male (who loudly called out from a low perch) could regather his troops, but not before capturing a  few images. Surprisingly they were two hundred yards or so  from the edge of the swamp.

Images captured July 8 2016  (click image to enlarge)