2 a.m.

The Allman Brothers Play through headphones as I edit bird photos at 2 a.m.. I am anticipating good fortune for todays photo shoot as they call for morning sun [fingers crossed]. Until then I will drink hot coffee and post a few shots taken within the east side trail system of the GSC this spring.

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Canada Goose
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Eastern Bluebird
Ring-necked Duck 0895
Ring-necked Duck
Northern Flicker 0147
Northern Flicker
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European Starling

Thats about it for this post. Soon I will be off attempting to capture more usable images. Chances should be very good  as spring migration is in full swing. More and more birds will be arriving in the coming days and weeks filling the trails with song, color and activity.

On the way out I have something to add:

These boys reside across the street from where I often park. Not early risers, for you will only hear them bleating around dawn. Later on however they will be in the field checking me out as I break down my tripod and put gear away.

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Three Goats

 

I look forward to seeing them later today, with a camera full of images. Keeping my fingers crossed.

 

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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