Birds, birds, birds, wet birds … a pictoral update

Nothing new, just a few more scenes featuring the same old actors – or young, rapidly growing ones, as the case may be.

Riddle of the month: what’s that black and yellow blob outside my back door?

Indeed. Not a bird, but a reptile – close enough!
Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis)
However, this is just a stripped herring, the blob
above is a Scott’s Oriole
They’re growing so fast …

wing feathers everywhere …

who will fly first?

By accident I discovered more nesting activity next door to the swallows. The House Finch couple we met a few weeks ago, have been secretly building a nest in the satellite dish footing mounted on the wall within our empty dog kennel. Here’s the Mister, trying to distract me, by hopping around the fence like mad and chirping his little heart out.  

Dad inspecting the architectural features of …

… contemporary housing in a high-tech environment

Playing some more hide-and-seek in the bushes
Meanwhile, under the porch roof, life goes on –
including the perpetual guano production 🙂
A very, very wet Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis, Linnaeus 1758)
“Can I come in, please? Bring the gang?” 
Wet and miserable!

After several days of heavy rain and a forty degree temperature drop, our nesting bird families don’t look too happy. The Oriole is about to take off, while the Cardinal is just enduring the next squall passing through. We certainly need the rain, but, Ye Weather Gods, a little brake would be nice right about now!

2 thoughts on “Birds, birds, birds, wet birds … a pictoral update

  1. that´s a totally cool report! LOL. obwohl ich nicht weiss, ob das ganze wirklich zum lachen ist. der Finch ist entzückend, wie er so sein nest begutachted: “ob muttern das gefällt”? wie lange hält der satellite dish diese “hausbesetzung aus? aber vielleicht produziert dieser verhältnismässig “kleine” vogel ja weniger guano.:))


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