Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It is THAT time of year again . . . time for bird babies on the Refuge! Our earlies nesters already are showing off their new broods. Over the past week I've seen groups of goose goslings, dollops of ducklings, and even a few grebe chicks getting a grebie-back ride from a parent. I'm sure the youngsters will only increase in number as the season wears on...with soon to arrive avocet and stilt chicks practising on their new and LONG legs, tons of tiny teal tots, as well as many of possibly the ugliest of all bird babies - those in the heron and egret family - trying hard to hold their huge heads up!
Also - while taking a turn around the tour route - watch for several smaller species like marsh wren, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds and common yellowthroats...who all should be starting to carry food back to little ones in the nests hidden down in the cattail and bulrush.
Enjoy the season and happy birding!