Well, there won’t be any more photos of the growth of the baby birds. They evidently became snack for some unnamed preditor. Richard and I went out to take the morning photo this morning and the nest was empty and skewed over to the side. I guess that’s just life in the real world.
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I looked the bird-babies up in Richard’s bird book, and we think they are a Dickcissel. No, I’m not calling Richard names, this is the real name of a local sparrow-type bird. I’m basing this on the color of the eggs and what little I’ve seen of the mama as she flees when I come to visit. They are coded "yellow" on the Audubon web page description (click here for more info) meaning " . . . they are also declining but at a slower rate than those in the red category. These typically are species of national conservation concern." And Missouri is also working on conserving them. Click here for more on that. They hatched sometime between the 21-23, meaning they should fledge between the 30th and the 1st. We were wondering why they were so late in the year, and further reading shows they usually have two nestings/year, and this timing is about right for nesting #2. I’ll keep you posted!
Click here to see the photos I entered in the Ozark Empire Fair in 2004. This was my first time to exhibit there.
Click here to see a flash movie of the fireworks display.