Spring Bird Breeding and Nesting
A male orchard oriole, one of a nesting pair. Photo by Jane Gamble
Several talented photographers documented breeding birds in Dyke Marsh this spring, 2020.
|A female orchard oriole (Icterus spurius). Photo by Jane Gamble
||Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and other waterfowl are raising their young. Photo by Jane Gamble
|A warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus) caught and ate a crane fly while perched on a locust branch. Photo by Ed Eder.
||Close-up of warbling vireo eating a crane fly. Photo by Ed Eder.
||A male pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) was headed to the nest. Observers saw both parents taking food to the young in their cavity nest. Photo by Jane Gamble
|Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) nest under dock planks at the Belle Haven Marina and under the boardwalk across from Tulane Drive. Photo by Ed Eder.
||This bald eaglet (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) repeatedly touched his mother's bill, a form of bonding. Photo by Ed Eder
||These bald eaglets in one of the three bald eagle nests in Dyke Marsh will fledge in early June. Photo by Ed Eder
|This blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) collected cobwebs to make a nest over the Haul Road trail. Photo by Jane Gamble
||Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) are stunning birds with their black "mask" and yellow-tipped tail. Photo by Jane Gamble
||A male pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). Photo by Jane Gamble
|Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) live and raise young in wooded swamps. The female has a white pattern around the eye. Photo by Ed Eder
||A fish crow (Crovus ossifragus) is raising four young in a Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata) tree. Photo by Ed Eder