Birds are the most vivid expression of life — epitaph Roger Tory Peterson chose for his tombstone.
Sunday was a perfect Spring day. Temperatures in the low 70’s and just a light breeze. The reddirt hill is waking from its winter slumber. Lots of purple henbit and green grasses. A pair of Killdeer have been up in a bare spot, maybe looking for a nesting site. The little goldfinches coming to my feeder are getting their breeding plumage and will be leaving soon. The next week or so will see the neotropicals return to Oklahoma. Among the first to arrive are Orchard Orioles, Eastern and Western Kingbirds and our State Bird the Scisssor-tailed Flycatcher. I’m hanging a hummingbird feeder today. The bluebirds will soon have new neighbors. And of course, the same bad neighbors — the House Sparrows and the Sharp-shinned Hawk that makes regular forays on my feeders.
Mama spent most of the morning in the box. Sometimes I could see her peek out and then settle back down into her comfy little, deep-cupped nest. Daddy periodically brought her a bug. I waited until afternoon to check the box and sure enough we have a fourth egg. Since first clutches tend to be larger and the weather is great, I’m expecting Mama to lay another egg. We’ll see.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 57.
First Brood 2015
- First sign of nest building 10 March
- Nest completed 18 March
- First egg 19 March
- Second egg 20 March
- Third egg 21 March
- Fourth egg 23 March