In days gone by when today’s old men were children, ribbons of Nighthawks, sometimes in the hundreds, would stream south just above the rooftops as the sunset gives its deepest colors. And sometimes, the morning sunshine could find a sleeping Nighthawk on nearly every streetlight for blocks around. Today this is no longer so. Now and then, the neighborhoods along Lake Saint Clair see or hear a single or perhaps a few Nighthawks at a time pass over in the evening quiet. Alas, what has happened? © 2019 Alan Ryff
I had the leisurely experience of photographing a foraging Brewster’s Warbler. At the time I was not curious as to what the bird was seeking among the emerging oak leaves. Since photos can capture what the eye does not see, they became my gateway to Archips, the generic name for the Leafroller Moths, consisting of more than 100 species. “There is a time for everything,” so it is said. And May is the time of the Archips larva hatch, a timely event in lower Michigan, for May is also the peak for returning insectivorous passerines, especially the wood warblers. For the rest of the story see: www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157710330375167
THE FILAMENTOUS SCAPULAR PLUMES OF THE GREAT EGRET ARE BUT A BRIEF SPECTACLE, USUALLY LASTING FROM THE ARRIVAL OF THE MALES AT THE NESTING COLONY UNTIL A PAIR’S FIRST EGG IS LAID. BUT THESE EXQUISITE PLUMES OF ETHEREAL BEAUTY WERE THE SOURCE OF A CATASTROPHE, THANKS TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY, CLICK ON: https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157647927624405
THE FILAMENTOUS SCAPULAR PLUMES OF THE GREAT EGRET ARE BUT A BRIEF SPECTACLE, USUALLY LASTING FROM THE ARRIVAL OF THE MALES AT THE NESTING COLONY UNTIL A PAIR’S FIRST EGG IS LAID. BUT THESE EXQUISITE PLUMES OF ETHEREAL BEAUTY WERE THE SOURCE OF A CATASTROPHE, THANKS TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY. TO SEE THE REST OF THE STORY CLICK ON: www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157647927624405
The Montrose Birding Blog
A pair of Piping Plovers is nesting at Montrose Beach in Chicago, the first time this species has nested in Chicago in over 50 years. As of July 29, 2 chicks have hatched. This bird is Rose, the female of the pair. Taken on July 29, 2019.
MALE WOODPECKERS TYPICALLY INCUBATE AND BROOD AT NIGHT THOUGH BOTH SEXES SHARE THESE DUTIES DURING DAYLIGHT. THIS MALE FLICKER ENTERED THE NEST CAVITY 49 MINUTES BEFORE SUNSET. THE NEST WAS FACING WEST, ABOUT 12 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND, IN A WILLOW SALIX. UNLIKE THE RED-HEADED WOODPECKER AND YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, THE NORTHERN FLICKER IS FOR THE MOST PART A NOCTURNAL MIGRANT USUALLY IN LOOSE FLOCKS NUMBERING FROM A FEW BIRDS TO HUNDREDS.
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