Sunday, June 21, 2009

CRP Notes

More babies: chickadees, titmice, orioles(both Baltimore and orchard), song sparrows. The orchard oriole family was in the shag-bark hickory, a young male singing sporadically.

And here was an oddity: a rose-breasted grosbeak in the field, munching on the emerging milkweed blossoms. A little research indicates that its close relative, the black-headed grosbeak, is one of the few birds that can stomach the monarch butterfly, whose toxins come from its consumption of milkweed. I wonder if the rose-breasted has a similar resistance.

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