Most normal people are having a wonderful long weekend with family or friends. Me? I was rototilling the garden. Drawn away by the lure of my feathered friends, my arms jiggling and only half done. Saturday afternoon I had confirmation momma is still on the nest. They had a long, 4-sentence conversation. She interrupted him, too! (He had the last word, though.)
What a gift, watching our Barred owl having a bath in the wetland. He knew I was there, I've been watching him for more than a month. In the background you can hear the rose-breasted grosbeak, blue jay, grey tree frog, etc.! Just before he went for a swim, a chickadee was trying to talking him into taking off. I thought I heard the owl chick, but I'm not sure. The siren at about 2:00 startled him. He sat a long time grooming, which is why I separated it into two videos!
Owl bathing from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
After his bath, my Owl began grooming. It's quite a process!
An expert ID'd an oven bird and a vireo in the songs! (I'm hopeless at that!) There was another bird I spotted, but I couldn't snatch a photo. Eastern Kingbird, methinks. The woods are full.
Owl grooming from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Indeed, this is a Woodpecker nest. After gardening, I came up behind the house, onto the driveway, and could hear a ruckus. The jays were harassing momma. You can hear the babies screaming for food! She stood her ground and I chased the jays off. Momma's been taking our birds seed to the babes. I yelled and the jays scattered.
Woodpecker nest from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The frog pond has been busy. The ducks have begun mating yet, although its in their mind. The deer is curious. The ducks came back. I added some audio from a different video as the trailcam is silent.
Frogpond traffic from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
At first I thought salamander, but a biologist assures me it is a newt! There are quite a few. I saw a Red eft, it's nymphal stage, last week.
Newt from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The experts think woodpeckers! This was before I spotted the momma! The sound is amazing!
baby birds from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
She did a fly-by, then came back and landed, thinking we weren't too much of a threat. Me an' Daisers!
Female wood duck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.