14 April 08

Changeover

Western scrub-jays feeding: pen and ink The sparrows have gone apart from a few stragglers. The orioles and kingbirds are in; we’re just waiting for the ash-throated flycatchers and blue grosbeaks for the summer crew to have arrived.

These scrub-jays were feeding each other yesterday. A lot of the oleander bushes were cut down by a progressively more zealous gardener (and have provided a lot of light onto a patch that didn’t get much, which is great) but I’m wondering if any nests were victims of the chain-saw. Maybe not: it was still quite early.

Wild turkey, pen and ink The turkeys have returned. This tom was strutting around, his tuft of chest feathers bobbing with each strut.

Posted by at 01:33 PM in Bird By Bird | Link |
  1. Guess you’re still birding in Texas? (I’ll have to check your other blog to see.)

    I especially like the turkey sketches. We had a group (what’s a group of turkeys called…not murder, not flock…?) come through our yard in front of our house a few years ago.

    And, when we were in Newburyport, MA a couple of weeks ago, one crazed tom crossed the street, running, right in front of our car…in the middle of town! Very weird. :)


    Teresa    27. April 2008, 11:28    Link
  2. I’ve missed your blog—and I miss you. Welcome back. Perhaps we can have a tea a snack together. And I’m looking forward to seeing your Texas birds!


    Virginia    28. April 2008, 06:02    Link
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