All photos shown were taken by Michael Rajacich Jr with an iPhone.
Sometimes we find interesting inhabitants in our Wood Duck/Screech Owl Boxes. Honey bees!
Purple Martins returning to the colony.
Bluebird young close to fledging. Above and below.
Three double Martin systems on a dock.
Great Blue Heron perched on a fallen tree.
Chickadees lay small eggs with brown spots and use moss and fur for nesting material.
Rarely, Bluebirds will lay white eggs. They are larger and more round then Tree Swallow eggs.
3 layers of nests: Bottom and top are Chickadee nests and middle was a House Wren attempt.
Screech owl with young only 1 week old.
Screech Owl young.
Tufted-Tit Mouse with young.
Chickadee hunkered down on her nest.
Tree Swallow nests are similar to Bluebird nests, but with two very distinct differences. Tree Swallows lay white eggs and line the nest with white feathers. Bluebirds lay blue eggs.
Newly hatched Tree Swallows.
Chickadee on eggs. Taken through entrance hole at night with flash.
Fresh laid Purple Martin eggs. Martins use a variety of nest materials depending on whats available, but typically line the nest with green leaves.
Purple Martin with her young.
Using a spotting scope to observe Purple Martin Colony.
Albino Whitetail Buck spotted while servicing Wood Duck/ Screech Owl boxes.
Female Bluebird curious whose approaching her box.
Double Wood Duck box with Screech Owls in both sides resting for the day.
These Purple Martins landed above me while standing on a 6' ladder installing predator guard. They were curious!
Colors of the seasons. Spring above. Fall Below.
Nothing better then watching Purple Martins feed in the evening with a sky like this.
Hen Wood Duck on eggs
Bluebird on eggs.
Bald Eagle perched on an Osprey platform.
This was the first Martin we saw on March 27 of the 2020 season. Adult male scouts show up first. This one circled over us while we installed his house and went inside as soon as we walked away.
Purple Martins waiting for us to raise their house after doing an egg count. They sat above our heads watching us work the whole time.
Wood Duck/Screech Owl boxes being installed.
Gray phase Screech Owl with feathers from last nights dinner at its feet.
Red-phase Screech Owl resting in Wood Duck box. Eggs were from an old Wood Duck attempt. Box cleaned and filled with fresh wood chips for the upcoming season!