Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Urgent Action Needed To Protect Eagles

A new federal rule would permit the injury or killing of 4200 eagles per year.  This approval is being sought by companies owning wind companies that produce power.  While clean energy is important, I am not sure that the proposal of 30 year permits and self reporting of injuries/kills is the right direction.  You can read the story here.

While the Bald Eagle has made a come back, 4200+ that could be killed without consequence would begin taking a toll over a 30 year period.

I ask you to read and if you feel that 30 year permitting is too long, a petition has been initiated and signatures are desperately needed to address this issue before the Obama administration revises the federal rule governing this issue.  A petition to the White House has been started and can be found here.

Feed Me..... Please!



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Town of Garner Votes To Approve Development on Biologically Rich and Diverse Land

Despite months of trying by local citizens to stop or lessen the impact of a proposed development on neighboring property, the Garner Town Council tonight approved what will destroy a very biologically diverse piece of land.  It is a shame that the building of 41 houses has been found more important than protecting a wonderfully diverse area that would have made excellent park land and green space.


The town is intent on following a bad plan that will essentially do away with most green space in the north part of Garner.  Their idea of green space is a patch of grass in a park and call this progress.  I guess anything that adds to the tax coffers takes precedence over all.  There is apparently not much concern for protection of important wildlife areas.

I have never been so disgusted with politics and the Town of Garner as I am right now and I think it is time to find a new place to live.
The lack of tree protection for existing developed properties is not required ILO favoring new development.   If the tree on your property is damaged...oh well.  Are you kidding me!!!!

Say good-bye to natural beauty.

There was a song that had a sentence about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot......well this is paving paradise to put up a housing development.

The color and song and delights of nature will be replaced by traffic noise and litter.





Monday, May 2, 2016

High Hopes, Determination, Failure, Reassess, Success - The House Wren

The House Wren had been eyeing the house the Chickadees just vacated.  It had started building in another house but upon being vacated, chose to start over.  The House Wrens like to build their nest with sticks so it was quite amusing to watch the little wren try to bring out the nesting material from the Chickadee nest and start bring in the sticks. 

Determination

High hopes


Failure
Reassess


Success

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Summer Tanager

The morning started out overcast with a few showers but late this afternoon, the sky began to clear a bit.  First thing this morning I started watching through the kitchen window.  I couldn't believe it.  I counted 9 Red-breasted Grosbeaks.....6 males and 3 females.

This afternoon when the skies cleared, I heard the Grosbeaks fussing as a bird flew near their feeder.  It was a young male Summer Tanager.  With still yellow primaries, my guess he is only about a year old.

 A pair usually nests behind the house every year so I am guessing he is one of the offspring from last year.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Migratory Birds are Flooding In

Baltimore Orioles
The last couple of days, the migratory birds have really started arriving in large numbers.  The variety of bird songs this morning tired the brain training to identify the various species.  I saw quite a lot today but unfortunately, the weather most certainly did not cooperate for photography.

It seems like for the last couple of years, during peek week, we have had overcast, rainy weather.

Some sightings from late yesterday afternoon and today.  More Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also came in today.  I am still amazed at the numbers that have arrived this year,,,,not complaining though!

Indigo Bunting


American Redstart - male


Gray Catbird

Friday, April 29, 2016

Another Rose-breasted Grosbeak Arrived - Update: and the female too


UPDATE:  Around noon today, I noticed a female RBG hanging around.  I had wondered why so many males and no females.  She was very timid at first but finally came to the feeder.

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I was surprised yesterday to see yet another young Red-breasted Grosbeak show up at the house.

Though the primary feathers are still slightly brown tinged, they are more black than the other young bird that has been at the house all week. However, with more markings on the breast area, it makes me think it is younger.

The two were quite aggressive towards each other not wanting the other to come to the tube feeder.  Once they both settled to opposite sides of the feeder, they turned there attention and aggressiveness towards some House Finches trying to come in to eat.

The new bird arrived late in the afternoon as dark storm clouds were gathering so the shots are a bit grainy.  One photo is a bit blurred but I thought nicely showed the color under the wings.  I have seen both of them this morning so they are still here.

From talking with other birders, there appears to be a higher than normal number of sightings this spring in the area.