Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A new month...and the rain continues.

Another day of on and off showers with the occasional thunderstorm thrown in for good measure. Despite the less than ideal conditions the birds continue. A report of a nesting pair of Merlins with young in the nest in Florence is only the second nesting record in the state. Around the house today the pair of House Wrens appear to be putting the finishing touch on their nest. A Broad winged Hawk flew around low this morning, calling several times. Other species of note today include at least three Ruby throated Hummingbirds, a couple kingfishers and the usual variety of warblers and vireos. The Gray Catbirds have now found the rapidly ripening berries and continue to gorge themselves. Finally a group of five young Hooded Mergansers swam by and quickly disappeared in the dense vegetation along the stream.

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