A not so welcome sign of Spring

A not as welcome sign of Spring.
 
I’m not always happy with all the signs of Spring’s arrival. The Brown-headed Cowbird is one of those less than pleasing signs. They are a native bird and necessary but do cause some issues for the neo-tropical migrants. Cowbirds used to be isolated to the plains areas and grasslands, but as humans have cleared the land they have expanded to many more areas. The problem with them is the females don’t spend the energy building nests, but instead lay eggs in the nest of other birds. They can lay up to 3 dozen eggs in a summer. Often, since they are larger than most birds, their existence in the nest is at the cost of one or more of the host’s own young. When they fly near the Bluebird box, the male Bluebird goes into full attack mode. Sadly though they will find Warbler and Vireo nests.
 
Yesterday was spent observing and listening to the songs of the birds on the mountain. I am hearing more Warblers arriving and a Black and White Warbler landed on a tree near where the area I was working. I am also hearing a Pine Warbler now for several days, which is interesting because at my house I haven’t seen or heard one prior to this year. Today’s image was also a test of the repairs done to one of my Nikon D-500s which had taken a fall while I was in Florida, with a Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 lens attached. The lens survived unscathed but the impact ripped the mount off of the camera. They replaced a lot of parts including the mirror box, but it seems all is well and the camera is functioning perfectly. Great job Southern Photo Technical Service, thank you.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 250, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

2 Responses to “A not so welcome sign of Spring”

  1. Denise Sultan Says:

    Thanks for the interesting facts. Learning a lot. Glad camera is working.

    (Denise Sultan) Sent from sunshine☀

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