Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Circle of Life

My morning off--the perfect opportunity to snoop around in the barn. The bluebird houses sit empty, very likely put up too late for the early spring nesters. But the barn's full of nests. Birds aren't stupid.

These weren't too hard to figure out. The barn swallows are fairly tolerant of our comings and goings.

Actually allow me to approach fairly closely, before flying off, chattering.

This one had me stumped, though. Sorry it's so fuzzy--the light is pretty poor under the rafters, and the camera has a hard time focusing. Made of fine sticks and grasses, covered in moss--with 4 light, whitish eggs inside.

Naomi wasn't quite sure what to make of all this snooping. She stands by, quizzically, while I drag the wobbly, 3-legged chair from stall to stall, peering into the muddy creations.
Outside, I decided to make the circuit--walking out to the "Y" of the pond and back through the woods. Saw an Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Buntings, Phoebe, and (maybe) Magnolia Warbler.
One more peek into the barn to see the nest before looking it up inside, and the mystery was solved!

Phoebe's raising her family in the barn, above Bo's stall.

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