Last month we had a stretch of unusually warm weather which accelerated the growth of many flowering tree species. In visiting the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, it looks like the birds are a little early, too.
This is the first time I have photographed Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) and felt fortunate to find a pair at their nest hole. The male had just pulled his head out of the hole after feeding the little ones. He flew off a few seconds later and the female entered the nest.
Nearby a pair of Mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) were relaxing on the pond the bluebird nest overlooks.
Back at the refuge’s visitor center, the Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) were busy gathering and feeding their broads at the nesting boxes.
The refuge was very quiet and the continued improvements I talked about last year are still being worked on. Those improvements are done by bulldozers, backhoes and dump trucks bringing a lot of intrusions to what is normally a quiet natural area. Once they are completed, I will be looking forward to seeing even more wildlife pairing up.