My failure to fall right asleep last night was rewarded with a 15-20 duet
between two Barred Owls. In fact, the song was so variable, I finally got
up and went outside to catch more of the nuances. Mostly both male and
female were cross vocalizing, but occasionally they called
simulaneously. Enough to sooth the weary soul....
Robins and house wrens have just fledged from yard nests. Interestingly,
the nest the robin is using was built in early June and then abandoned. It
is now successfully serving a family. Who knows whether it is the original
architects or not.
An immature (head feathers sticking up; shorter primaries) great blue heron
showed up at our nearby pond last week. For 2 days he lay in the catails
not appearing to eat or even to be alive, stirring only a bit when a person
walked by. After day 2 we threw some handy chicken its way which he
gobbled willingly. On a second attempt to throw food to the bird, it did
flap out and walk away. On day 3 it consumed some more free food, fish
donated by local food store. Later that day it was last seen flying away,
albeit low, without much lift. Altho. we did see other (adult?) herons
overhead or 1/4-1/2 mile away, there was never any witness of this bird
being fed or visited by like kind. Not sure if he even had the ability to
catch anything himself. It is hopeful that this bird is making it on its
own. Whether it would have without a little help is unknown.
The 'families' are starting to gather and move.
E. Dorset, VT