Freeing the kingbird, in photos

Here’s the photo version of the story about freeing the eastern kingbird from abandoned fishing line. The original story may be found here.

Pondering the first move …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

A pretty pathetic sight …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

Getting the branch within reach …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

Getting the knife ready to cut the line …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

Cutting the line a safe distance above the bird …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

The scared, agitated kingbird. Kingbirds have a red or orange crown that is rarely seen …

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

Checking for a hook and untangling the rest of the line. It was released, line free, a few moments later.

Photo by Will Bosak
Kingbird rescue, Danbury, CT, 2019.

I was glad we were able to find and free this bird. Who knows how many birds perish unseen in such a slow, painful manner?

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit: A shady character

Here are a few shots of my favorite, shade-loving plant: Jack-in-the-Pulpit. They can be grown from seed in a shady garden, but I have always just randomly come across them in the New England woods. They are interesting to see and have a unique life history. (More about the plant may be found here: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/arisaema_triphyllum.shtml )

Being a plant, Jack-in-the-Pulpits make for cooperative photographic subjects. These shots were taken with an iPhone during my recent camping trip to New Hampshire.

Some non-bird wildlife from Pillsbury State Park

Photo by Chris Bosak
An eastern tiger swallowtail at Pillsbury State Park in New Hampshire, June 2019.

I’ve posted the loons and other birds from a recent camping trip to Pillsbury State Park. Here are a few shots of some Continue reading

Photos of the ‘other’ birds at Pillsbury State Park

Photo by Chris Bosak
Chipping Sparrow, Pillsbury State Park, N.H., June 2019.

I think I shared enough loon photos for a while, so here are some of the other birds I saw during a recent camping trip to Pillsbury State Park in New Hampshire. I saw plenty of birds, but wasn’t able to photograph many as the leaves are out in force and a foot injury limited my mobility. (Enough excuses for you?) Anyway, here are a few other Continue reading

Father’s Day loon bonanza, part 3

Photo by Chris Bosak A common loon swims at May Pond in Pillsbury State Park in New Hampshire in June 2019.

Stop posting photos of loons, said no one ever. So, to celebrate Father’s Day, BirdsofNewEngland.com presents a common loon bonanza. Every hour on the hour, a new loon photo will post. All photos were taken earlier this week at Pillsbury State Park in New Hampshire. Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy the loons.

Monitoring a phoebe nest

An eastern phoebe finally built a nest on a large piece of wood I had nailed to the underside of my porch three years ago.

Unfortunately, a brown-headed cowbird egg is among the five eggs currently in the nest. Brown-headed cowbirds are brood parasites and lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. Conventional wisdom says to remove the egg, but that would likely result in the vindictive mother cowbird coming back to destroy the other eggs.

Also, a new line of thinking says to let nature take its course and not let human values interfere with nature. It’s difficult, but I’ll leave the nest alone. I’ll check it daily to see how this all shakes out.

The first egg was laid on Tuesday, June 11. On Wednesday, another phoebe egg and the cowbird egg was discovered. Thursday and Friday brought one phoebe egg each for a total of four phoebe eggs and one cowbird egg.

Here’s the progression of the nest …