Bird Brain

Spring is in full swing these days, and is rapidly giving way to an early summer. With temperatures soaring into the eighties and creeping up to ninety, I find myself enjoying the activity of the birds outside the cabin who come and go as the day’s temperature rises.

Lesser Goldfinch profile

Last week I watched the neighborhood birds shifting positions and locations as they flew between the oaks around our cabin. A Lesser Goldfinch flew onto a leafless branch at the top of one large oak, which is a popular perch, displacing another finch. Then an Olive-sided Flycatcher, most likely the one I have previously observed in the area, chased it away and took over the perch. The postures of both birds is very similar. Is it the influence of the perch, or evidence of the dominance of the bird?

Olive-sided flycatcher pose

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About J M Naszady

I am an observer of the world around me, a student of nature with the eyes of an artist, and a teacher. My interests have taken me into the water, across the meadow, through the forest, along the cliffs, and up the mountain. My latest journey has plunged me into the virtual world of words and images.
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