A little while ago I announced that we had identified a mystery bird. A rather noisy, active little fellow as the Northern Water Thrush. In our identification process we had paid attention to the call, habits and colouring. They seemed to match with the Northern Water Thrush. The call when I listened to a recording of it seemed to be a good likeness.
Well there was one thing we did not pay attention to. Size. The Northern Water Thrush is one of the bigger Warblers. Larger than a Song Sparrow, smaller than a Blue Bird. Well the little fellow that we had identified as a Northern Water Thrush is too small. He is smaller than a Gold Finch!
We think we have it right now. He is a House Wren. A hyperactive little fellow that calls incessantly from sun-up to sun-down. Stopping only to feed and build nests. The male will start up to 20 nests. The female will choose one. She has been know to destroy the one of choice. It is then started all over again. The other nests will sometimes be used for resting in. While the female is incubating he will continue his singing!
We now have two of them calling from the west and the east sides of the yard.
On other fronts:
- We now know that there are 3 baby Blue Birds that have hatched. We saw them high up in a Tamarack near the house. Safe from the cats.
- Of course the cats (and we) are delighted that they can be outside again. Though they do feel that they missed out on some tasty baby Blue Bird.
- On this morning’s ride in I was soundly scolded by a Chipmunk who was foraging on the trail with such focus he didn’t hear me coming until the last moment. I am sure a hawk or an owl would make even less noise!
- The Cicadas have been calling. The weather has warmed considerably and the insects seem to be enjoying that.
- Again with the weather warming the Green Frogs have been singing their banjo song again
- Sunrise today was at 5:23 am. On the 21st of June, the summer Solstice it was at 5:15 am. Yes, the days are getting shorter.