Birds of Spring & Other Things

Brown-headed Cowbird (female)

This collection of photographs spans about three or four weeks; although, I took the majority of these photos within the past week or so. You’ll note that the backgrounds in some photographs are lightly green or brownish green, while others have an intensely vibrant green backdrop. The greenest are, of course, the most recent. Within the past week, all of the trees have come into full bloom.

A few notes about the birds and other critters in this post: I only see Brown-headed Cowbirds at my feeders in spring and early summer. They are a kind of blackbird. The name cowbird comes from a time when they followed herds of bison in open grasslands, eating insects kicked up by the animals’ hooves. Now, they are also found in some urban and suburban habitats.

Brown-headed Cowbirds are brood parasites, which means they do not build nests and raise their own young, as most birds do. Instead, females lay their eggs in the nests of other species who, in turn, raise the baby cowbirds, often at the expense of some of their own offspring.

Brown-headed Cowbird (male)

Also, the Yellow-rumped Warbler and White-throated Sparrow, who you’ll find below, are winter residents in North Carolina and will likely be leaving us soon. I am enjoying them while they’re still here.

And lastly, I discovered an Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest in the woods a few weeks ago. You’ll find a photograph below. The nest consists of a large silken enclosure that houses about 150-400 caterpillars, which eventually become Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moths.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

I hope you enjoy these photographs.

Eastern Bluebird (male) with an insect
Carolina Chickadee
House Finch (male)
Eastern Gray Squirrel in a dogwood tree
Mourning Dove
White-breasted Nuthatch (male)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (male)
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
American Goldfinch (male)
Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest
Eastern Phoebe
House Finch (male)
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Eastern Bluebird (male)
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Blue Jay

16 responses to “Birds of Spring & Other Things”

  1. Such pretty photos. And I love the addition of the tent caterpillars 🙂 Often overlooked, they are such a friendly addition to our world..thank you for sharing your always beautiful photos of the birds and creatures who find their way to you..

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    • Thank you, my friend! As you say, we are surrounded by so much beauty that often remains overlooked. Tent caterpillars are a beautiful and fascinating part of our world. 🙂


  2. What’s not to enjoy! Wonderful! Weird and perhaps a bit disturbing about the habits of the Brown-headed Cowbirds and fun caterpillar find! Enjoy! I’ve enjoyed seeing a few larger butterflies fluttering by today. 🦋

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