And the mystery continues. Our first clutch of swallows this year had to cope with their dead father, sticking upside down in their midst à la Edgar Allen Poe, while mother fluttered helplessly about in agitation. Now the entire second clutch disappeared overnight. What evil lurks on my porches in the darkness of night? I need not […]Read more "The Case of the Nebulous Nestlings"
Since my husband so cruelly left me to join our dogs in tropical Costa Rica … not really, but the fact remains that all three of them are in Atenas, Alajuela, CR, enjoying a lap pool and views over the mountains across the Central Valley, while I, all by my lonesome, remain in Texas, gnashing my […]Read more "The prodigal son … daughter … hatchling"
Don’t you just love our spiffy youngsters? There’re still some stray down feathers sticking up, here and there, but overall we’re looking at a nice line-up of roughly 16 to 18 day old, well fed swallow hatch-to-fledge-lings. And because they’re going to fly off into the sunset soon, I will once more show you a series […]Read more "Domestic Desaster Descends"
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 […]Read more "Birds, birds, birds, wet birds … a pictoral update"
There are four hatchlings, not three, as previously surmised. Passeriformes, Hirundinidae, Hirundo rustica, Linnaeus 1758Barn Swallow As in past nesting years, one’s a shrayer (second from left, picture above) or Schreier, depending on language preference, while his meeker siblings, in their eagerness to merit a morsel, are in constant danger of toppling out of their nursery. Is there anything […]Read more "Chirping dangerously close to the edge"