Grebe Changing of the Guard and Orchard Oriole: May 2021

Experts tell us that in species where the male and female look the same, males and females take equal responsibility in the raising of the young.

Red-necked Grebes usually lay 4 – 5 eggs which must be incubated for 21 – 33 days. That is a lot of sitting. Today, at Col. Sam Smith Park, I was able to photograph the moments when the parents exchange places.

One parent swims to the nest and greets the other:

The “sitting” parent verifies the condition of the eggs,

prepares to leave

and swims off in search of food.

The returning parent then climbs in the nesting box and rotates the eggs

and prepares for a long shift.

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

I’ve been studying warbler songs since I was a teenager and have a great deal of experience identifying them by song during many northern Ontario Breeding Bird Surveys.

Even so, if possible, I like to spot the bird to verify my identification.

American Redstarts have a variety of calls. Some are obvious and others are not. I heard one of the “are not” variety this morning and decided to wait until I could see the singer among the dense foliage.

This took 45 MINUTES but finally my suspicions were confirmed.

American Redstart (male)
American Redstart (male)

The Orchard Oriole has a very loud and easily recognizable song. 45 minutes were not required.

Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)
Orchard Oriole (juvenile male)

Other birds:

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorants
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Brown-headed Cowbirdsg
Mute Swan and Ring-billed Gulls
Common Grackle
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Warbler (male)
Song Sparrow
American Robin
Warbling Vireo
Yellow Warbler (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Eastern Kingbird
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Song Sparrow
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)

MYSTERY BIRD

The Northern Parula Warbler is a bluish warbler with a yellow throat and breast. The male has a dark band across the breast:

Northern Parula Warbler (male)
Northern Parula Warbler (male)

NATURE POETRY

You see, my friend, there’s no one who can love you more
Than your very own parents, that’s for sure.
Always remember this is true,
That wherever you go, your parents will be there for you. – Ann Tram

Miles Hearn


4 thoughts on “Grebe Changing of the Guard and Orchard Oriole: May 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    What a wonderful nesting sequence! And that “Striding Grackle” made me laugh! Thanks again, Miles, for bringing us so many marvelous spring birds!

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    so neat to see the “changing if the guard”……amazing that you got to record it! Yes,the “striding grackle” made me laugh too…..how neat is that…..thank you for sharing this with us,Miles

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  3. rosemarie fischer

    so neat to see the “changing if the guard”……amazing that you to record it,so many beautiful birds today. Thank you for sharing

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  4. Muriel Grace Steeb

    Just another exquisite days work, Miles!!!
    Bless you.
    Your labels are so necessary, for we, who know little.
    MUCH APPRECIATED……

    Reply

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