|Great Crested Flycatcher|
There were so many birds calling and we were still trying to figure out the various calls. It was after all, a whole new group of bird song we had to learn!
|American Black Duck|
|Hey, what species are you? You look like me, but something is not quite right.|
Okay. Ready for your bird lesson? I've put both similar looking swans together. There are two noticeable differences with these birds. Can you see what they are?
Another bird of interest for me was the Purple Martin. There are several pairs here that nest. In the photo below, you'll notice House Sparrows taking over the nest boxes. I apologize to my European readers for what I am about to write. These aggressive sparrows are a nuisance and have taken over much of the Martin space. Native vs Non-Native species. In some cases, House Sparrows and European Starlings are "removed" from the area so that the native birds can nest. These Purple Martins seem to be "tolerating" their neighbors for the moment.
|House Sparrows and Purple Martins|
Here is a link to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and our June checklist from this location. Until next time!