Unexpected Residents

I was in the house, watching TV and heard urgent bird calls from the redbud tree on the other side of the driveway.

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A redbud tree grows near the highway in our front yard. An elm, has grown up beside it.

I kept hearing urgent sounding bird calls from the trees.

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Shock! Shock! It was a kestrel that I think didn’t like my company.

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Kestrels are a small falcon.

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They’re cavity nesters, and there are dead limbs in the redbud tree.

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The foliage is dense in places and bare in others.

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I suspect there’s a cavity up there somewhere that they will nest in.

So I will watch them from a distance.

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It would sure be fun to watch fledglings being fed by their parents and exploring their surroundings.

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I took the above pictures yesterday morning, while she was feeding her squawking young ones.

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 I took this last picture later this morning, which means one is a fledgling…

and soon the yard will be quiet.

 

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12 responses to this post.

  1. How exciting.

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  2. That’s great, I’ve never had the honor of having them nest here although I do see them around. Great birds!

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  3. I’ll just bet that all the other birds weren’t very happy about their new neighbors!

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  4. Posted by Therese Beavers on June 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Oh Wow! I can’t imagine how excited you must have been!

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