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Spring Bird Breeding and Nesting

Orchard oriole 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.

Orchard orioleA female orchard oriole (Icterus spurius). Photo by Jane Gamble MallardsMallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and other waterfowl are raising their young. Photo by Jane Gamble

 

Warbling vireoA warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus) caught and ate a crane fly while perched on a locust branch. Photo by Ed Eder. Warbling vireoClose-up of warbling vireo eating a crane fly. Photo by Ed Eder. Pileated woodpeckerA 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 SwallowBarn swallows (Hirundo rustica) nest under dock planks at the Belle Haven Marina and under the boardwalk across from Tulane Drive. Photo by Ed Eder. Bald eagleThis bald eaglet (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) repeatedly touched his mother's bill, a form of bonding. Photo by Ed Eder Bald eagleThese bald eaglets in one of the three bald eagle nests in Dyke Marsh will fledge in early June. Photo by Ed Eder
Blue-gray gnatcatcherThis blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) collected cobwebs to make a nest over the Haul Road trail. Photo by Jane Gamble Cedar waxwingCedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) are stunning birds with their black "mask" and yellow-tipped tail. Photo by Jane Gamble Pileated woodpeckerA male pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). Photo by Jane Gamble
Wood ducksWood ducks (Aix sponsa) live and raise young in wooded swamps. The female has a white pattern around the eye. Photo by Ed Eder Fish crowA fish crow (Crovus ossifragus) is raising four young in a Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata) tree. Photo by Ed Eder