|The tree swallows totally own box 4 this year. Sorry, chickadees.|
And there's action! Grackles (and a newly arrived Baltimore oriole) dive-bombing crows. Orchard orioles racing the width of the peninsula over the affections of a female. A yellow-rump chasing a tree swallow (?) A robin chasing a nuthatch (??)
Almost makes me forget that vandals smashed two nesting boxes over the weekend, one with a tree swallow nest in it.
For the sake of comparison, I walked the Field View trail at Ridge Hill. Not as much new activity but I did discover a great warbler spot behind the old hunting lodge--yellow-rump, palm, black& white, blue-headed vireo, hermit thrush, all moving together along the forest edge. And one new Baltimore oriole song (some day I want to travel the country collecting them).
[May 3 UPDATE: Blue-winged warbler near entrance to property. Yellows and some extra Baltimore orioles have returned. At home, black-throated green and black and white warblers audible from my window. And at Ridge Hill, hermit thrush song from the forest edge]