Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chickadee at Beals Preserve

I spent my lunch hour at Beals Preserve in Southboro.  I saw one Mourning Cloak but it was an uncooperative one and refused to be photographed.  Later, I saw a possible Elfin species, but it took off the trail, and I was not willing to chase it through tick-infested territory.

These are the other things that caught my eye:

Splish, splash!  He was taking a bath.

Double-Crested Cormorant in the channel

the channel

Song Sparrow

Red-Tailed Hawk

so pretty when the sun was out...which wasn't long

Not all tree tapping is done by woodpeckers.  I heard a tapping and saw this slim tree trunk shaking and when I came around to the other side of it, I found a Black-Capped Chickadee hard at work cleaning out a cavity for nesting.

Back at home, I suspect the bluebirds are hatching.  Both parents were outside of the nesting box in this photo, and both parents visited the nesting box, although I didn't have much of a chance to observe them.

Our peach tree is just about ready to burst into bloom.

Pine Warbler

Downy Woodpecker

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