July 20, 2003
the young barred owls again last
night at dusk, so I went outside to see if they were nearby.
As I sat on the back steps, they flew to a branch that was about
10 feet from me. They were quite a sight - both of them sitting
on that branch together! I would guess that they were about two-thirds
the size of an adult barred owl.
I watched them fly around in the nearby trees for a while before
I lost sight of them in the woods.
July 19, 2003
night after dark, I heard the screeching sounds of two young barred
owls. After the young owlets leave the nest, they continue to
be fed by their parents. And they use this screeching sound to let
the adult birds know when they're hungry - which seems to be most
of the night!
I went outside so I could hear the owlets better and try to guess
where they were located. Surprisingly, each one was in a separate
tree. Last year, there were barred owls nesting nearby, but the begging
sounds came from only one location.
When they leave the nest, young barred owls usually just clamber onto
a nearby limb. They don't fly until up to six weeks later. Maybe these
two little owls are at the stage where they can fly - but are still
dependent upon their parents for food.
July 17, 2003
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails
are still flying. Spotted this one sipping nectar from a Wild Sweet
This butterfly also feeds on the nectar of the Joe-Pye Weed, Common
Milkweed, and many other flowering plants and trees. It can be
found in open woodlands and fields.
July 15, 2003
I noticed a chestnut-sided warbler
singing while it was sitting in a small maple sapling. This bird would
sing for a little while, stop, and then move further up the tree.
It continued this until it reached the top of the tree.
The chestnut-sided warbler builds its nest only a few feet off the
ground - usually in dense shrubs, brambles, or saplings. I think the
warbler I saw might have a nest somewhere near the house. But I hesitate
to look for it - not wanting to disturb this bird during its nesting
July 13, 2003
this whitetail buck near the house yesterday. The sumac saplings and
other vegetation do a good job of hiding this deer - even though it's
browsing in a fairly open area.
I rarely see bucks near the house or
in the general vicinity. This buck's
antlers are growing - one is about 4 inches
long and the other is only about 1 inch long.
July 11, 2003
for the first time this year, I saw the tracks of a whitetail
fawn. The doe's tracks were right nearby.
After her fawn (or fawns) are born, the doe will spend a few hours
at the birth site while she cleans the fawns, nurses them, and removes
everything that might contain their scent from the birthing area.
She then moves them to separate bedding areas.
The doe visits each fawn only two or three times a day to nurse it
and groom it. She then moves the fawn to a new bedding area. This
helps protect the fawn from predators. The doe will usually remain
within a few hundred feet of her bedded fawns - watching for any signs
July 9, 2003
this wood frog climbing on a
lichen-covered rock near a brook - deep
in the woods.
This frog can be identified by the black markings on either side
of its head. (You may have to enlarge the photo to see those markings.)
This amphibian is usually found in damp woodlands and is active
during the daytime.
The wood frog's diet consists of insects,
snails, worms, slugs, and other small
July 7, 2003
Fritillaries and the Cabbage White
butterflies are flying. There are still some White
Admirals around but not nearly as many as there were a couple
of weeks ago.
Saw a group of wild turkeys yesterday
- about 4 or 5 males. They were foraging under some hemlock trees.
It was probably the same group that I saw about ten days ago.
Also, the woodchucks have been more
active lately. It seems to happen around this time of year. I would
guess that the young woodchucks have been weaned by now. But I haven't
seen any sign of them.
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