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It's been Babyland here this Spring at ye olde New England homestead. Lots of nests, lots of baby birds fledging right now.
Within 15 yards of our cabin, this year we have successfully harbored nests or homes of:
2 pairs of Robins 1 House Wren family 1 Mourning Dove family (in our Wisteria, pooping on our porch chairs) 1 Catbird family 1 Cardinal family 1 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird family - a male and female are around all day, so I assume a tiny nest very close by 2 Cottontail bunny families - 2 litters each, I think and, just a bit further away, a Red Tailed Hawk family which feeds on the baby bunnies and baby squirrels 1 (at least) Chipmunk family Several Grey Squirrel families 1 Red Squirrel family
What's the secret? No cats and plenty of dense shrubberies, gardens, and evergreens. A big brush pile and some weed patches too. When the leaves fall, I will find other nests I didn't realize were there. Usually, a Song Sparrow, Goldfinch, or a nifty little Warbler nest.
I did not have the chance to do a breeding list for the entire Farm this year. It's easily done: You go out at 5 AM in early June and cover all of your land, listening for territorial songs while keeping your eyes open. At night, the owls. Next year...
Pic: The House Wren family is raising their babies in there. Every once in a while, one peeks out.
Great post. We have had a productive season here as well. Carolina wrens, chickadees, cardinals, red bellied woodpeckers, thrashers, mockingbirds and tufted titmice have raised broods at our place. The bluebirds have started brood number three for the year. This is in SC, so they get a headstart.