Although I don’t intend to write about birds in the News, this spring gave me a chance to see and photograph some of my favorite birds. The first is the Anna’s hummingbird. These are the green hummingbirds we see in our gardens this time of year. Although there is nothing unusual about the Anna’s, I was able to observe a nest with young this year. The phone pictures from one of our tenants had to be taken at a distance, but if you look closely you can see a hummingbird perched on the edge of the nest. The entire nest is about the size of half a small chicken egg.
The wren tit is slightly larger than a hummingbird. It is also difficult to see as it rarely perches long enough to identify. They are typically found in small flocks. What makes them special is there nest. Their nests are difficult to find and if you don’t know what it is, you may think it is an old sock hanging in a tree. In fact, the nest is a tube that hangs from a limb with a small entry at the top. The entry is about as big around as a thumb. The nest is made out of soft materials like moss and lint, and it is a wonder it all holds together. This photo is from a nest just inside Albina Park, but I saw another on a rose bush in front of 210 NE Morris.
Finally, the scrub jays have raised their chicks to teen-hood or the equivalent. A pair must nest near our chicken coop because we suffered the daily loss of chicken eggs from the parents raiding them to feed their young (or themselves as jays are selfish birds). We are now seeing twice as many jays foraging in the garden and losing many fewer eggs now they have fledged.