Some of this activity include the Baltimore Orioles, who have multiplied over the last few years to the point of needing an additional jelly feeder. At least five pairs arrived May 5 and they brought huge appetites. The Red-Throated Hummingbirds are usually a day behind the Orioles and I've added an additional feeder for them as well.
This year it seems more Robins are nesting in the trees and under the eaves of buildings than in previous years. The open bidding on real estate went quick earlier this spring and all have settled in nicely. There are nests with bright blue eggs and some with pudgy, big-mouthed infants with bottomless pits for stomachs. The nesting period for Robins is short; from building the nest, incubating the eggs, and feeding the young in the nest, only four to five weeks will have passed. And once the young leave the nest the whole process will begin again.
|Robin nest of four eggs (yellow shed)|
|Yellow shed nest|
|Robins under the eave of the butcher shed|
|Robin nest in Glory's shed in the hay feeder|
|Glory's hay feeder nest|
Even though the Killdeer convention wasn't held in the west pasture this year, Glory and I have the honor of watching an active nest within twenty feet of my path going to Glory's shed. The female has quieted down to our presence to the point of her remaining on the nest as I come and go from the pasture.
|Killdeer on the nest. Can you find her?|
|Killdeer nest of four eggs|
As to the farm animals, the Chickenhood has a new mother with seven baby chicks, and all are doing fine. I'm looking forward to the day when the ol' biddy will lose her over-protectiveness and consider me a friend once again.
|Biddy and chicks|
|Mrs Mike on her nest|
|Mike Muscovy & Minnie|
There are a wide variety of other birds as well, from the Bald Eagles and Crows to the small Chickadees and House Finch. All are doing something to add to the excitement.