SEEDY - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker taking seeds from a feeder...using his tail for leverage.
NEWLY HATCHED - Heron chick barely visible above the side of the nest on the beaver pond. Adult Heron standing at the side of the nest after sitting tight on it for a month is the give-away to watch for fuzzy chick heads to appear. Activity around the nests will get more and more intense as the chicks grow and need to be fed. I'll keep you posted as they grow. ;-)
TRICKY BIRDS - To keep their eggs and young safe from predators, ground-nesting birds like the Killdeer use camouflage and trickery...including laying their eggs on ground that matches their eggs' color and using a "broken wing act" to distract predators away from the nest. This Killdeer foraging on the edge of a farm pond in Rindge, NH.
HUMMINGBIRD TONGUE - Hummingbirds have a long, slender tongue that can be extended far beyond the tip of the bill. They feed by dipping their tongue into the nectar inside flowers. This action can be repeated twenty times per second - faster than we could count.