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Posted by: atowhee | May 5, 2012

MAY MEANS MOTION

Migrants are on the move across North America. One Yellow-rumped Warbler spent a whole two minutes in our garden yesterday. Insect-eaters have to move faster than their prey. A swirling, circling flock of Vaux’s Swifts pass over our house a few times every day, in between rain squalls. The Red-breasted Sapsuckers are busy around their nest near the Lithia Park Bandshell. And the Wild Turkeys circulate our neighborhood in foraging groups of one to six. A fast-moving and loud group of small humans on a school outing marched through Lithia Park yesterday. They scared some nearby turkeys so much the big birds flew up into the nearest evergreens. There they gobbled loudly, apparently complaining their mid-morning dining had been interrupted. Like most poultry turkeys spend their days walking about slowly, scratching with their long toes to uncover morsels. Here they also cajole certain householders to give them grain. At night they roost in trees, and when threatened by third graders they also retreat to limbs about forty feet above the ground.

MAY GALLERY Images: American Goldfinches on feeder. I accidentally typed in “gildfinch” which was appropriate as the males do have a golden glow this time of year. Black-headed Grosbeak, first year male. Female Bullock’s Oriole with her gray belly. Turkey Vulture waiting for sun to warm the air. Brodiaea blooms. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon variety. Pine Siskin. Dogwood.

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