|New shagbark hickory, Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA|
|Tree swallow nest with single unhatched egg|
Finally, the blackbirds have become extremely protective as their young fledge into the meadow. The resident red-tailed hawk can get no peace. Watch as the red-winged blackbirds and a common grackle attack it. (I've included a slow-motion clip so you can see in detail the real feather-pulling damage being done).