The sun finally made an appearance today and lasted all day long. The air was perfect for this first week of July, with a cool fresh breeze from the northwest. I spent the day taking apart and cleaning bird feeders. With the stretch of wet and dreary weather over the past month, the feeders had me worried about rotting food and mold. The dishwasher put a sparkle on the bird feeders and what did not fit was scrubbed with brushes and rinsed with fresh water.
It seems like there are fledglings everywhere these days. I was worried over a young male Hairy Woodpecker last evening after it was chased by a Red-tailed Hawk. The Hawk was hot on its heals, but after a last minute maneuver by the woodpecker into the apple tree the Hawk called off the chase and sat in a spruce tree until it was mobbed by several Crows and a Blue Jay.
Suet and grape jelly have been a favorite meal for the many birds that visited our feeders during the long cool and rainy stretch. One cake a day of suet and two jars of grape jelly a week were devoured. Gray Catbirds and Orioles seemed to not get enough of the jelly. Gray Catbirds, many Woodpeckers, Titmice, Nuthatches, Pine Warblers and Chickadees relished the cakes of suet.
Sharon and I are leaving for vacation this Friday. We will be visiting the Rangeley Lakes and the Umbagog Lake region for boreal birds and hopefully moose. If we get cell coverage, we will Tweet daily of our finds.Here is a map of the region. The map is interactive.
Enjoy these photos of fledgling birds visiting our feeders. As always, clicking a thumbnail will enlarge the picture to full size.