Still needs to practice caching strategy.
Shallow stream contained numerous individuals. At least 100 were seen in a 30-yard stretch.
Same spot as a couple of day ago. Still could not locate nest.
Image shot under a freeway bridge and resulting image is very soft, but you can still see the nestling. Nesting site shared with Cliff Swallows.
Parent foraging nearby.
Observed a pair, did not locate nest.
Surprised this individual while hiking on a very quiet trail. She first charged me, then took refuge in thick foliage where she continued a series of "defense" calls until a Steller's Jay interrupted her. Did not see the chicks.
at the local garden center.
Likely to be Utah's 10th accepted record of the Prothonotary Warbler.
The structure this individual is perched on is a hollow iron post used to (i think) support a volleyball net--there are two such posts, each attached to an automobile tire--in the area. The bird was poking his head in and out of the post. According to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/prothonotary_warbler/lifehistory
"When courting, the male flies close to the female and both birds chip softly. The male shows off possible nest cavities, entering and exiting them. Once a pair forms, the male guards the female while she is building the nest and laying eggs."
The bird also flew off to visit a Yellow Warbler nest located about 20 yards away a few times. I posted a sighting of this nest as well.
Occupying Yellow Warbler nest.
Feeding Brown-headed Cowbird chicks.
Brief look in the rain.
I think the dozen or more young Magpies in the garden are getting close to going out on their own.