Birds · Mammals

Lots Of Room For A Baby Boom

Even though spring is well behind us now, we are still enjoying the baby boom that normally arrives with spring. It is lovely to watch the baby animals as they grow and develop. The birds certainly seem to have expanded around us. Last year there was a couple of nests under the cottage. This year there are six nests. They are all empty now, so I don’t know who built them. They are also different constructions, so I am guessing different types of birds built them. I was surprised how close some of them were together.

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I never did manage to figure out who used the nest I saw in the tree earlier in the year. Once the leaves arrived on the tree I just couldn’t see what was going on.

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I found this nest on the ground last week. I am not sure if it fell from the tree or if it was a ground nest. It seemed a little loose like it might have fallen.

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We had lots of fish nests again this year, just off the dock.

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It was interesting to watch the fish guarding their nests.

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The nests were quite varied. Some had twigs, some shells, some little more than a sandy clearing.

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I am guessing the little fry have gone their own way now, because the nests are all vacant and I am not seeing these larger fish off the dock any longer. I think they are bass, but I am no fisherman so I am not sure.

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This looked like a nest, but when I investigated it seemed to be just a mass of weed popping out of the water. The centre was filled with water, so I don’t think it was a nest.

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Our geese family is growing up and the six goslings are almost as big as their parents now.

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It was nice to see this little family on their favourite branch. I thought they were Eastern Kingbirds, but now I think they might be Eastern Phoebes. The two birds look very similar, but now I study them again I think these ones are a little rounder and the Eastern Kingbirds are a little more elongated.

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Not only do these birds think this is a fine spot for catching bugs, but the spiders also seem to agree!

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The Redwing Blackbirds have nested in their usual place amongst the reeds and we see and hear them on every visit.  We seem to see more of the male Redwing Blackbirds, so it is nice to see the female from time to time.

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We found one little baby mouse in the cottage about a month ago. It was looking rather unwell and sitting on the doormat. I think it was half starved and couldn’t find its way outside again. We put it outside and for a while it sat looking a little sad.

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Eventually is scampered off and seemed to have more life. I wish it well, as long as it stays out of the cottage!

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