Ha! Now that I’ve piqued your interest…here is a post dedicated to the little ones popping up all over Presque Isle lately. I went in search of Baltimore Oriole nests which are usually fairly accessible for photographs but no luck. All the oriole nests I’ve found are fairly high up. According to Peterson’s Field Guide to Eastern Birds’ Nests, they can range anywehere from 6-60 feet about the ground! The orioles should be fledging very soon based on last year’s schedule. Baltimore Orioles only have one brood a year so since I can’t show any from this year I’ve included one from last year.
The following photograph is of a pair of approximately two day old red-winged black bird chicks and their unhatched sibling. Red-winged blackbirds usually lay 3-4 eggs and often have two broods per year. Some male red-winged blackbirds are polygamous, having 2-3 mates. Can you say, Big Love. Thanks to Brian for pointing this nest out. Yes, I still have to get out there and show you the cedar waxwing nests.
One bird that you can always count on to build watchable nests at Presque Isle are the plentiful American Robins. I found this nest while watching the cedar waxwings fly along Leo’s Landing. These babes were quite vociferous each time mama or papa flew in with yummy bugs and worms. Robins produce 2-3 broods a year, each an average of 4 offspring. That’s 12 young a season!! No wonder they are so plentiful (and mom is looking so haggard in this photo:(
While out on the kayak getting a few more shots of the growing mute swan cygnets, I happened across this female wood duck and her youngsters. I couldn’t count them all they were so well-camouflaged against the reeds.
Speaking of the mute swan family. The family is down to 4 cygnets. Impossible to say what happened to the 5th. I like to think it was recruited to appear in some fairy tale or fable. Think: The Ugly Duckling.
Younger mute swan mating pairs produce one brood of 5-7 cygnets per year while older couples average anywhere from 9-12 eggs. The cygnets are usually gray, like 3 of the 4 in the photo above. Some are more white, like the second from last in the photo above.
I hope to get back out onto the water tomorrow morning. Things are looking promising for a beautiful day. I remain in search of some decent shots of the common moorhen family. Brian has had some luck as the male of the pair gets used to him being around. Maybe he’ll post some shots of the moorhens and the green heron for us soon:)