Love is in the Air

Take a short walk around Meadowlark Meadow and you will quickly see and hear love in the air! The birds are singing, chasing each other around, and checking out good nesting spots.

Since the grass is just sprouting, the fence posts are prime spots to explore the meadow and check out the competition.  Bluebirds seem to shine, even when the sun does not.

At least one Bluebird couple is forging ahead with a nest in one of the nearby nest boxes. If pine trees are near, they will use pine needles as nesting material. If grass is nearer, they will use grass.

Tree Swallows twitter as they dive for insects. They gladly use the same nest boxes put up for the Bluebirds. After all, it’s first come, first served.

You wouldn’t expect to see Flickers – a kind of woodpecker – in the meadow, but they love to eat ants and are often found on the ground.

Even though the cattail ponds aren’t large, at least eight male Red-winged Blackbirds sang and chucked at each other trying to establish their territories. Males tend to control territories of approximately 2,000 square meters. Females will occupy the territory of a single male, along with many other females.

Eastern Meadowlarks call from the grass, but take to a tree when they need a better look around.

Chickadees use soft green moss as wonderful base for their nest. Your bed so be so soft!

Two hanging nests of last year’s Baltimore Orioles blow in the breeze, easily visible since the leaves haven’t come out. They have not arrived yet this season, and will build new nests rather than re-using the old ones.