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Earlier I had mentioned that a pair of House Wrens had taken up residence under my bedroom window. He is their starting at sunrise and sounding off until around 8am every morning. It was a big mistake to let a House Wren take up residence under my bedroom window.

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Last week when I was mowing the lawn I noticed a fledgling Tree Swallow was watching me every time I drove by on the mower. Later in the day I walked out and took a few photos as it watched. In a couple of days I noticed it was gone.

Normally I put out some grape jelly in the spring when the Baltimore Orioles return. I usually take the feeders down once the orioles have gone off to nest since they don’t seem to be interested in feeding on the jelly. This year I kept a small feeder up and it turns out that other birds also like the grape jelly. The Red-bellied Woodpecker really likes it and he turns up multiple times during the day.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also like grape jelly.

Even an occasional Baltimore Oriole turns up at the feeder.

 

When I first started photographing birds I had a blind that I setup out in the back yard near the bird houses. This enabled me to get some great shots of birds building their nests and feeding their young. Several years ago I got the bright idea of moving some bird houses closer to the house so I could photograph from an window or from my deck. This worked great and I had a pair of Eastern Bluebirds nest in one of the houses. This year I had a bluebird check the house out but it turned out a House Wren finally claimed it. Unfortunately the bird house is under a bedroom window and the House Wren seems to start singing well before sunrise.

It was fun watching the wren build it’s nest. They use sticks and it proved difficult to get some of the longer sticks into the house.

 

It is unusual to have a Scarlet Tananger show up at my feeders but one has been hanging around this week. I managed to get some photos of it during a heavy rain and it didn’t look all that happy.

 

I’m still photographing a few backlit leaves.

There are still a few Downy Yellow Violets around.

We have a few Persian Onions blooming. I planted them last fall.

Love to photograph the spring leaves.

 

 

I have an unusually large number of Jack-in-the-pulpits blooming around the farm this year.

 

The Large-flowered Trillium has been blooming on the farm. Unfortunately we were traveling in the Netherlands and missed most of the bloom. Things are winding down now.

The Common Blue Violets are blooming all around the farm.