Sunday, June 13, 2010

Baby Hughie, Other Babies, And New Nesters

This is the first turtle of the season, or at least that I've spotted.

They come up the steep hill from the swamp, spend the rest of the afternoon looking for THE spot, and then  an hour or two digging a hole, laying 5 or 6 eggs, and then filling it in and covering it so amazingly that it is impossible to find!  I am not sure if there have been successful hatchings or if they just get dug up and eaten by nocturnal marauders before they can hatch.  

There were three baby bluebirds frantically following this parent.  Somehow my son-in-law and I had NO success whatsoever in capturing babies and parent together.  So, we have a single shot of parent above and shot of only one baby below, blurry at that.

Nuthatch family has been a delight to watch!  This was a group of about 4 or 5 babies ~ always on the move and very hard to count!  I think this may be parent eating at the feeder and one brave baby at the top.

Downy or Hairy Woodpeckers, not sure which.

Baby Hughie!  This is a Red Bellied Woodpecker baby.  All last week it would just cling to a tree and wait for the parent to feed it.  This week it is making it to the feeder, but it just clings and waits to be fed.
A VERY short clip of the Red Bellied Woodpeckers.  I didn't realize the camera was on video and thought I was just taking a snapshot!!  But, you can see how "Baby Hughie" compares to its parent.


  1. Great post! Love all the babies. Nice turtle shots too heehee

  2. Thank you MommaSkye for the turtle did a great job....maybe you should start taking the bird photos too!!

  3. Awww! There's babies everywhere over there in your neck of the woods :) Fun! Baby Hughie is a cutie!

  4. I love these "bird walks." Great shots

  5. Warriormom: All photos are a delight to view! I love seeing the baby birds at the feeders with mom..Oh that turtle..what a blessing to see them
    laying their eggs!!!!Nature watching is a beautiful thing!