Tree Swallow, now homeless, Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA
The tree swallows steal the nest box from the bluebirds, the house wrens steal the nest box from the tree swallows, the tree swallows take back their box from the chickadees, and the teenagers smash the tree swallows' house with a large branch from the shag-bark hickory tree.
We should consider suburban teenagers a part of the nocturnal ecosystem of our natural spaces. Unfortunately we need to deal with their skat in the morning.
Here's a smiling yellow warbler chaser. (And yes he was still chasing his opponent this morning too).
Other CRP news. Today was Baltimore oriole song day. Everywhere. It's a shame they chose such a rainy day. Also, my first sighting of a northern waterthrush on the property, singing away.