While I’m always curious about the behavior of animals, my monitoring of birds breeding this spring has been sporadic for several reasons, leaving me with more questions than answers.

In May, my brother, Dana, came for a visit. One of my hosts at my current digs had invited us to stay at her house on a family farm in Highland County. Unfortunately, Dana couldn’t come when she and her husband would be there, so he and I ended up having the charming, spacious house all to ourselves for a few days (May 6-9). 

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Baltimore oriole females and juvenile males tend to have more subdued coloration, than mature males, making gender determination more difficult.

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Mature Baltimore oriole males are boldly colored and easy to identify

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Robin chicks (clockwise from left): April 27, May 7, May 9

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Four eastern bluebird nestlings keep each other warm on May 9

Writer, editor, photographer, and passionate nature conservationist living in Rappahannock County, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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