A day for the birds

TREE SWALLOWS: Yesterday we noticed that our birdhouse was actually being used by a pair of tree swallows. Today, I caught them on silicon.

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Click the thumbnail below to see the “landing” sequence of momma bird. Note how she slows herself down by flying backwards before landing. And note the little beak over her wing peeking out of the hold.

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QUAIL: We also have a family of quail who have taken up residence in the yard somewhere. About a week ago Jenny and I were walking out to see a wild rose bush I’d found and I almost stepped on the babies as they scrambled through the tall grass below my feet. Today they’re about the size of a baseball and can take flight if frightened. Here they are crossing the fire pit.

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