Monday, July 18, 2011

Cottage Surprise

July 16, 2011

The big boys were back - Evening Grosbeaks, that is.  We did not really expect to see them again until winter, but there were half a dozen, along with the usual Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Black-capped Chickadees and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

When I saw, through the window,  the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding the female, I immediately thought courtship behaviour.  But now that I see the photos, I think he is feeding a juvenile.

Later we went for a boat ride to see how the Common Loon chicks are doing - very well, thank you.  We also saw another loon on the nest, a Great Blue Heron and a bunch of Common Mergansers.

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