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Bird Blog: May 2005
|Juvenile American Robin, Durham, 5/27/05.||Juvenile Northern Mockingbird, Durham, 5/27/05. The babies were making characteristic pitiful-sounding "tweee" sounds from the holly tree they were nesting in, but this one is clearly beyond that stage.||Male Eastern Towhee, NC Botanical Garden, 5/29/05.|
|Female Purple Martin, Durham, 5/23/05. This was at the same martin apartment birdhouse.||Juvenile Northern Mockingbird, Durham, 5/23/05.||Adult Northern Mockingbird, nearby, perhaps a parent.||Male Northern Cardinal, Durham, 5/23/05. He tried the feeders and the seeds on the deck, all in a terrible light.|
|When we were in Ocracoke, a male House Sparrow claimed the area near where we were staying, going "CHEEP! CHEEP! CHEEP!" all day, day after day. So when a female showed up on 5/18/05, I thought we were going to get some relief.||Unfortunately, as these pictures show, things didn't go according to plan.||At this point, things were clearly hopeless.||So this little rascal remained the noisiest bachelor in town.|
|This group of unattached Ocracoke male Mallards seemed more resigned to their fate than the House Sparrow on 5/18/05.||This Barn Swallow did some fancy acrobatics while preening on 5/19/05 in Ocracoke.||OK, it's a domesticated Ocracoke chicken, but its sitting in a tree shows it's still got a wild streak!|
|Female Northern Cardinal, on the fake branch of the birdfeeder, 5/12/05.||Male Purple Martin, Durham, 5/12/05. Note this bird has a piece of brown paper in his claw, having recently landed.||Now the martin has the brown paper in his beak. Then he stuffed it in the birdhouse.|
|Northern Cardinal, Durham, 5/7/05. Perhaps the most common birds around here, they also are unusually successful at avoiding being photographed. There's probably a relationship!||Blue Jay, Durham, 5/7/05. I've seen very few Blue Jays in my neighborhood, but I've seen a number of them in deep woods, such as Hemlock Bluffs in Cary, NC. I've never seen a Blue Jay at a birdfeeder.||Male American Goldfinch, 5/8/05. In full summer plumage, this bird and his mate are enjoying thistle seed.||Male and female American Goldfinches, Durham, 5/8/05.||Female American Goldfinch, Durham, 5/8/05|
|Carolina Wren, Durham, 5/3/05.||Ovenbird, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Wake County, NC, 5/8/05.|
© 2005 Dorothy E. Pugh. All photos copyrighted.
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