Friday, September 18, 2015

Carolina Wrens Fly

Today, 9-12, was a big day for the Carolina Wren Family. The 4 chicks fledged today. They have left the nest and are free to roam the yard. I hope they are enjoying themselves as I see them only occasionally and have not been successful in getting a shot of them. As usual, I didn't have my camera with me when I saw 3 of them a little while ago. When will I learn to carry it with me all the time while outside.

I did go to the local Conservation park and saw quite a few birds but, had trouble getting them to sit still for a shot. The Warblers are on the move through here during migration. I did get some shots of a beautiful Red-tail Hawk shown below.

Downy Woodpecker - Male

White-breasted Nuthatch

Mourning Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo

Grasshopper Sparrow

Red-tail Hawk

Red-tail Hawk

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Carolina Wren Family Update

The family of Carolina Wrens that were so busy building a nest in early August have had success. The female laid 4 eggs on 8-12 and after sitting on them for about 18 days they finally hatched 8-29. Both parents are busy hunting for food and they each bring nice juicy worms to the young on a consistent basis. The nest is on our back deck and they are both used to me being around so I can sit about 10 feet away and get some great observations. Some of the photos of them are below and I'll update later when the chicks have grown a little more.

Just laid eggs

Almost looks like a cave

Looking proud

Waiting for food

Both parents discussing hunting strategy

Looking for worms

2 days old and the mouth is almost as large as the rest of him/her

Proud parent with lunch