Eastern Kingbird on Watch

We gave this bird a wide berth…until we realized he was a smaller bird, not a hawk!

It is Friday the thirteenth, you know!

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One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

We squirrels have had a bit of an off week, but I’ve decided to jump back in with a Sunday mystery.

Recognize this guy? If so, drop me–Hickory squirrel–a guess in the comments. I’ll check back for your answers!

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We had a correct answer! The Green Heron is a frequent visitor in our woodsy streams, seeking out fish, frogs, crayfish…anything he might grab to make a meal. And this young, or immature fellow, needs them as he’s still growing and getting his adult plumage, soon to look like…

this! Pretty colors, huh? Makes him great at staying hidden among the shrubs along the water.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Recognize this late nester?

I’ll check back later!

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We admit this is a tough one–only a dark-feathered back and a broad yellow beak. And maybe you can see a hint of her nest, made of twigs.

This little lady is a common songbird in our part of northern Virginia–an American Robin.

See the similarities?

Fun facts: robin nests are constructed of approximately 350 twigs and pieces of grass, each about 6 inches long. The robin uses mud, collected one beak at a time, to ‘cement’ the nest together, then lines the inside with more grasses.

Want more information? This American Robin page on Learner.org helped us with its good facts.

Thirsty Thursday

Folks,

You don’t have to go to the shore to see giant wading birds. We have them right here in our woods!

The Great Blue Heron seems to be at home in even the smallest pond damned along the streams, as long as he can find fish. Or frogs, snakes crayfish and…yes, sadly enough, rodents.

Luckily this old squirrel is a bit well-padded, I don’t think I’d fit down his gullet too well.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

You see a flash of red in the woods…

It’s a…?

I’ll check back later with your answer!

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Need to have a better look?

We heard a knocking the woods and spotted this Pileated Woodpecker down low! That’s pretty rare, but he had found a dead limb that had fallen and was working his way up it.

While Nutmeg and I held still, he got to the hole in the branch and just stayed there, pecking away at it, making it larger and sucking down some insect with his tongue.

He must have heard more chewing away in there, because we got bored and left before he did!