Thursday, July 03, 2008

Maine Wildlife Babies

Here in Maine it has been a rainy summer thus far. One can't help but wonder the toll it is taking on the wildlife newborn. The above photo of a wild turkey hen shows she only has one chick in her care. This was the first and only sighting of this hen and chick. Past years we have seen turkeys with anywhere from four to a dozen chicks per hen.

We have six bird house in our field that the tree swallows use each year. Three houses provided shelter for three families. Right now we do have a pair of Bluebirds that have taken up housekeeping in one of the houses. The female is setting on four beautiful blue eggs and hopefully they will all hatch out.

We have been honored with a pair of Kestrels nesting nearby also this year in an old elm tree. The male can be seen hunting the field for insects and such and carrying back to the opening. I have yet been able to get close enough to capture a nice photo of the adult kestrels. Should not be long and the young ones will be leaving the nest as the male is making quite frequent trips back and forth now to the nest with food.

Just yesterday I watched a female goldfinch gather wood slivers off our cedar fence as a male sat nearby. Hmm - female does all the work while male watches! :)

We have been seeing a female white tail deer in our field for quick visits just before dark and hopefully we will soon get a glimpse of her fawn(s). We have seen this in past years where a doe with browse the field for short times, on alert and listening to the woods the whole time. We always assumed a fawn is hid in the woods or nearby and sure enough we are treated with a sighting when Mom feels it is safe for them. Hopefully soon we will see a fawn or two and I will be able to share some photos with you!

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend and be safe :) Coppertop

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