Birds of May

This will be one of them cheap posts where I throw up stuff that appeared before. That means long-time readers of the blog are a bit cheated by the offering of past offerings but new readers have a chance to discover stuff they might have missed. 

It’s nearly the end of May and had we still been living in Colorado, I would be writing about the influx of birds into my then yard. 

"Get off my lawn!"

“Get off my lawn!”

That’s him yelling, not me. In fact, that’s the neighbor’s lawn. Anyway, I figure I would link a few post for them who miss my annual review of avian antics. 

We begin with the posts of 2014, the first of which was Birds – May 7-11, 2014. As usual for that time of year, the post is populated with a fair share of Tree Swallows. Some flying . . .  

. . . some perched . . . 

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Oh, I should mention the fact none of the posts I link are short posts. Clever, yes. Short, no. Entertaining, yes. Quick reads, no. 

You have been warned. Oh, also, this is not a short post.

Anyway, there are other birds I showcase in the post along with a narrative that even includes bird sex. 

Common Grackle - I think this is a mating call

Common Grackle – I think this is a mating call

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

"May I have this dance?"

“May I have this dance?”

"Don't give me that! I know you were watching. We need to do that, too." "Fine . . . did you bathe?"

“Don’t give me that! I know you were watching. We need to do that, too.”
“Fine . . . did you bathe?”

"John Cleese, eat your heart out!"

“John Cleese, eat your heart out!”

The next post is from June of 2014 but is titled Birds – May 17-19, 2014

That post has a couple of hummingbird photos but since I usually dedicate whole posts just to hummingbirds, I continued with an entertaining — or so I hoped — account of avian life within the confines of my yard and its vicinity.

Yes, that is a vulture, hence my use of the word “vicinity.” There were, of course and as always, other visitors. 

"That's some seriously scary stuff!"

“That’s some seriously scary stuff!”

Yes, from year to year the photos tend to be familiar . . . hence why I enhance the narrative.

The next post — also in June — covered the Birds – May 21-24, 2014. A good part of the post covers swallows and in particular their choosing the box I had made specifically for them.

"What? No! . . . look at this thing. It's even got metal bits hanging here and there."

“What? No! . . . look at this thing. It’s even got metal bits hanging here and there.”

But also a new type of swallow that had started flying around there and availed itself of some of my gorilla mulch. 

“Ah . . . here’s a tasty morsel.”

They’re not the only bird visits I covered, but they were a welcome surprise. 

This next post is a bit of a cheat . . . it’s an update from July 2014 and is appropriately named July 2014 Birds.

However, I’ll offer it up here because of some of its unique shots. Shots like this one:

Also, the first chance I had to see the Tree Swallows feed their youngs from the new bird house I had provided for them. 

Also, a couple of slightly older birds badgering their parent for food (I understand human kids are not that much different). 

May of 2015 was a bit of an annoyance.

As can be read in Birds be all messed up, the Bluebirds went for the swallow’s box . . . 

Birds of True Vista

. . . and the swallows opted for the Bluebird’s box . . . 

Birds of True Vista

Of course, there were other birds . . . 

Kudos if you can recognize this next bird (read the post to see if you’re right) . . . 

Double kudos if you spot the bird in this next shot and then recognize it . . . 

This post also has documentation for something I had never seen before . . . a finch feeding on a dandelion seed ball. 

Perhaps I’d never seen it because dandelions in my yard were assiduously hunted and destroyed with extreme prejudice. 

That post also has my first-ever close-ups of the bluebirds . . . 

Did you ever notice how many birds look like they’re giving us the bird?

Anyway, the follow-up to that post was in July . . . Birds be all messed up – update

The swallows did nest in the crappier box and the bluebirds did what they always did . . . filled the box with a nest and then went somewhere else. I’ll update the rest of the story in a moment, but first a few more shots from that post . . . 

So, what happened with the swallows? Well, they had youngs and fed them, as documented in All sorts of stuff . . . 

Notice the black specks on the wood . . . those are mites. 

The adults can go and rinse off and have “dust baths” but the young have to endure as the mites feed on them.

This was the second year the birds had mites (the first year they were mites-free). Unfortunately, this is much-too-small a box for the size broods swallows have. There’s not much room to move around in there and it can get very hot. 

I never did a follow-up post because it was too depressing . . . three of the five chicks died inside the box. Two fledged and only one survived. You would think birds would “know” what kind of nesting box they need, but apparently not. The other, new, clean, and specifically designed for swallows box stood empty all summer.

At the end of the season, I tore down both boxes since we were moving the next year. 

That’s kind of a downer, I know, so let me show you a few other photos to take your mind

Them be bagel faces . . . they also did not survive. That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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17 Responses to Birds of May

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Beautiful post and exceptional close-ups of the swallows and bluebirds!

    “Un po fiapa, ma con tutto il cuore.”

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    • disperser says:

      I need to remember the dialect . . . I thought it had two “p’s” and now I’m not sure of the translation. Something about me not being very smart and smelling something fierce, as far as I remember.

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      • AnnMarie says:

        One “p”. You can find it in the Venetian dictionary. And for the record, it means nothing of the sort!

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        • AnnMarie says:

          BTW, I found it under “fiapo”.

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        • disperser says:

          A link would be nice . . . the three Venetian dictionaries I tried did not find the word “fiapo.”

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        • disperser says:

          I made up a definition because I’m not sure how “flabby or flacid” applied to the comment or the post.

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        • AnnMarie says:

          I don’t see a ‘reply’ under your last reply to my replies, so this is why I’m replying up here. Here’s the “unlinked” link to the dictionary:
          https://glosbe.com/vec/it/fiapo

          P.S. Send me instructions on how to do that correctly.
          P.P.S. The Italian phrase referred to my comment and translates as “It’s a bit weak, but from the heart.”

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        • AnnMarie says:

          Oh, dear. My reply did nest under your last one and the link got automatically “linked”. Got it!

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        • disperser says:

          Again, I’m not sure how that sentence went in the context of either the post or the comment, but that’s OK; we’re past any utility to continued exploration of it.

          As far as the comments and links, yes, links will always resolve themselves. As for comments, I only allow three nestings because otherwise the space to write gets very narrow and it ends up as a column of lines with only a few words in each line.

          Where the comment nests depends on which “reply” you pick.

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  2. colonialist says:

    I do think I recognise quite a few, but they were worth viewing again. Sad about the silly swallows.

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    • disperser says:

      Yeah; it’s why I did not do a final post for the 2015 season. Although, the 2013 brood also had a sad ending for a couple of them (the hawk). Nature is not a bed of roses, I suppose.

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  3. Your bird photos are always a joy to look at, and relook at, Emilio! :-)
    Love the baby birds being fed! Aw!
    Your captions make me snort-laugh! That very first guy looks like Clint EastwoodBird from the movie Grand Torino. :-D
    Them Bagel Faces be a hoot! :-D
    I love this time of year, with all the birds returning. I love to watch them. Still waiting to see the quail and dove, but they will be here soon.
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks, diem3. Don’t have the seasonal return of birds here (they are always around) but also not had as much luck here with photographing birds. I mean, a few, but not as constant and not as varied even though there are supposedly many different birds here.

      Hope you’re having a good Memorial Day weekend.

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  4. The birds are still beautiful even if you are a lazy bastard

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