Every June at The Field there are usually many Barn Swallows flying around the large open areas feeding on the abundant insect population present here. I am always fascinated by the parents continuing feeding of their fledges even after they can fly well. But, between leaving the nest and being able to catch on the fly enough food to thrive, the young birds need a little help from their parents. The fledges will usually select a small bush, usually one with bare branches in an open area where they can perch and be easily accessible to the parents fly -by feeding. These birds flying skills are so good, they can helicopter and hover while they fill the fledges with regurgitated food. One or more fledges will perch and wait for the food, which is quick to arrive! Over the past weekend, I was lucky enough to capture pics of this feeding ritual in action. It is fascinating to watch the arial performance of these acrobats! Enjoy the pics below.
Last week i was blessed to spend a week with my family in Pinehurst, N.C. Vacationing with my wife, my son and his wife, along with my grandsons, James and Jack. The boys are learning to play golf and enjoyed the links here. I was able to spend one morning at this site famous for its colony of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. My goal was to get a few pictures of these birds, but, while I saw several at a instance, I was not fortunate enough to get close enough for a good photo. I did get a few pics of other species that live and visit here. This is a beautiful site with several miles of well developed trails. Be sure to visit this Preserve if you are in the area. Enjoy the pics below.
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Year round, in The Field, there are many species of birds who are almost totally, or at least partially dependent on the cleared acreage here for cover, nesting sites, and food. Much of this site is managed field area that is carefully maintained through mowing, planting, and maintenance to assure attraction and successful reproduction and survival of all the species who choose to live here. Some of the species, such as the Meadowlark, the Red-winged Blackbird, the Grasshopper Sparrow, the Quail, and a new one this year, the Dickcissel, build their nests and compete for space in the tall grasses of the fields. They also feed on the seeds produced , as well as the abundance of insects who also thrive here. Other species such as the Blue Grosbeaks, the Indigo Buntings, the Priarie Warblers, the Kingbirds, and the Turkeys nest in the surrounding forests or the bushes and shrubs, then feed extensively on the insects in the open spaces.
Some of the species are year-round residents such as the RW BB, the Quail, the Meadowlarks, and the Turkey, while most of the others are migrants who winter in other places and return here in spring to raise their young. Year round, it is fascinating to watch the cycle of life as it flows through these spaces. Photographing this flow of such beautiful critters is an exciting and ever-changing experience. Below are recent pics of spring bird activity, as well as a few of the wildflowers growing here.. Enjoy!
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Jerry Lotterhos is a retired professor who resides in Greenville, N.C.