SUNDAY JUNE 3, 1979
Twelve of us (including Bob, Dwight, Kari Jo, and me) went over to Brilyea East in Addison today. When we first got there we saw a YELLOW WARBLER and a MEADOWLARK. Next we saw two ORIOLES near their nest in a shagbark hickory tree and watched them working on their nest. Next we saw CEDAR WAXWINGS, a GOLDFINCH, and a CHICKADEE at its nest, which had young in it. We caught of glimpse of BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and heard a RUFFED GROUSE DRUMMING. Then we saw a WARBLING VIREO and heard a PEWEE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SONG SPARROW, and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. Then we saw a CUCKOO, which I first called a BLACK-BILLED, then A YELLOW-BILLED, then a question mark. Next we heard a CATBIRD, a WOODPECKER (sp.), a REDSTART, and saw five CANADA GEESE. Kari Jo and Dwight saw an ALDER FLYCATCHER. the list goes on to include a KINGBIRD, MALLARD, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, KILLDEER, RING-BILLED GULL, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, ROBINS, a BARN SWALLOW, and a GRACKLE. We also saw WILD GERANIUMS and GOATSBEARD and ate some WILD STRAWBERRIES. Before we left we saw a GREEN GRASS SNAKE.  LATER, AFTER WE GOT HOME: I decided to check on our PHOEBES. The mother has been flying off the nest and scaring me whenever I walk into the barn. I checked the nest itself for the first time tonight–two eggs and three nestlings. Bob says they just hatched within the last day or two. He saw five eggs on Thursday or Friday. The nest is moss and mud on the outside with pine needles on the inside. The young phoebes are covered with gray fuzz. The mother was sitting on the nest when I went back down later. The nest is tucked into a little niche above the door. There’s hardly enough room above the nest to look into it. The phoebes picked a safe place.

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