Cliff swallows usually nest in colonies. Colonies in western North America tend to be larger than their counterparts in eastern North America. Both male and female build the nest which is made from mud. They will typically have 1 to 2 broods of chicks per year depending on where in the range their nest is located. Some swallows will lay eggs in other nests in the colony.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Even though much of their breeding territory has warm temperatures year round, the scissor-tailed flycatchers migrate south each winter down into southern Mexico and Central America. Prior to migrating they often gather in premigratory flocks of up to 1000 birds
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The dam box is very visible from the observation platform at the dam which made it very easy to document the peregrines early life through photographs. When they were very young it was difficult to see them inside the nest box. Fortunately through my connections with The Raptor Center I was able to attend the banding that year. The top photo was taken at the banding at the beginning of June.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
For many of you who visit this blog today is a very special day. Earth Day began back in 1970 as a celebration of nature and the environmental movement.
Nature and environmental stewardship have always been central themes here at the Ecobirder blog but Earth Day also holds a special meaning.
Here is a copy of the initial post.
Welcome to my new Ecobirder Blog
In honor of Earth Day 2007 I have started my first blog. The purpose of this blog will be to share my love of the environment, wildlife, and birding with others who share these interests.
The owl pictures above are the first photos that I posted to the blog on April 24, 2007. This nest had one chick and it was located at the Woodlake Nature Center.
I hope that you all enjoy this blast to the past.
I thank you for your support and hope that you continue to visit for a long time to come.