This week has been a rough start for the summer, with our first venture into the 100 degree range. We have some panting birds, but they are still coming to the feeders. Enjoy this week's offering that's too hot on the porch!
This juvenile male Cardinal has just put on his deoderant, and is holding the wings out to let it dry. No, his beak is not scorched, just transitioning from the dark bill of his youth to a nice orange like daddy has!
Our most abundant bird, with the brightest crimson red coat.
Another panting bird, the Eastern Phoebe, hanging out at the end of my porch and catching lots of bugs.
At the office, we have our second brood of baby Phoebes, soon to launch.
A shot of mama bringing home the goodies, a big fat dragon fly.
And a better pic, coming in with more sustenance for the little ones.
This Sunday morning the Green Heron and the Night Heron were clucking and hanging around the pond edge catching breakfast.
Earlier in the week the Night Heron landed once again in the oak tree close to the porch, and offered some nice poses. There are still multiple Herons circling the pond.
We didn't get to witness or get pictures, but the Carolina Wrens launched this week.
But before launching, I did get this shot of a delivery to the babies.
Not a great pic, but reason for excitement at the porch. We haven't seen a male Lesser Goldfinch at our place for a long time, so welcome back. And stay awhile!
The Hummers are still picking at the new growth on the Banks rose. You can see a red hornet in the background as well.
This hot afternoon this Black-chinned Hummingbird was panting too!
Female Black-chinned at the feeder.
The House Finches are not as abundant at the porch as they are at the office, so it was good to get a shot of this one.
Even when the picture quality is not great, it's still great to see these guys at the feeder.