Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Next Generation

This month Great Meadows is a place of frenetic animal activity.  Most of the birds I encountered early Monday morning were engaged in activities related to establishing the next generation.

Whether it is the Marsh Wren singing to attract a mate (or more - they are polygynous).  It appears that their complex vocalizations are used to attract mates and establish territories.

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The Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows gathering nesting material.

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The Black-capped Chickadees sharing a meal

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To the Tree Swallows mating on the top of the snag they've selected for this year's nest. I especially like how he's pulling on her head feathers.


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To the Canada Geese who are faced with the challenges of raising their new-born chicks in a tough cruel world.


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