Saturday, 29 April 2017

What did I see? What did I hear?

Happy UPDATE: Saturday, April 29th, Phoebe nest building has begun.

I heard the sounds of spring twitterpation! Love calls! It's the sounds of spring in which I experience glory.
Momma barred owl on a hot day last year.
The nest is behind her.
Thursday, April 28th I sat on the back deck. The sun was shining and it was lovely. I first heard the barred owl. The nest, from the back, looks a little more open than last year. I'm curious as to how long it will last. This is a 360˚ view.

In the video, you can barely hear the female answer with the traffic speeding by, but she did! This is a good sign. The thumbnail photo was taken last year, after the chicks were born.

Eastern Phoebe
Phoebe was really busy, in and out of the shed. I caught him grooming on the ground. I thought that unusual. Now, I don't think they are near the building phase. They often choose the shed, but sometimes change their minds!

In 2016, Update on the phoebe nest , they moved it twice!

One year, Phoebe's feeble nest refuge was in the play house. I barricaded it with chicken wire, and the raccoons got it.
Phoebe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

blue jay/geese from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Anyway, my birding list: around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, I sat quietly and heard, or saw these birds.
I won't bother with images, although I have archival photos.

  1. Barred owl
  2. robin
  3. pileated woodpecker
  4. mourning dove
  5. phoebe
  6. chickadee
  7. nuthatch
  8. Canada geese - flew over in a V
  9. blue jay
  10. red-winged blackbird
  11. wild turkey
  12. junco
  13. American crow

Out front, at our feeder, we have house finches, purple finches, white-crowned sparrows!


eileeninmd said...

Hello, you see some great backyard birds. The owl is awesome!
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Connie Smiley said...

What a wonderful owl portrait! That's an impressive bird count for a Thursday afternoon.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the owl and wonderful 'feathered friends' video and photos ~ thanks,

Have a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

William Kendall said...

The call of that jay is unmistakable!

Nancy J said...

It must be truly wonderful to have those birds nearby, and the owls, so special. Down here, we have heard, very rarely, the morepork or Ruru, at night. Small, dark brown, and so hard to see,

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
As always, you made me green with jelly! Certainly the blackbird was singing brightly this morning, but pretty much all the day its gulls round here! YAM xx

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a thrill, having a barred owl so close. It looks like its nest is one stiff storm or two away from oblivion.

Red said...

That's awfully late for a Barred owl nest.

Anu said...

Great owl! Thanks for sharing these photos and videos!

Jenn Jilks said...

That's pretty normal timing, Red. They incubate a month, nest a month. Here is their 2016 report!