Bluebird nest box update
Red stains on nest opening must be berry stains - since the black berries are ripening now, and bluebirds eat both fruit and insects. Nest is still active and seemingly thriving, chicks can be heard noisily chirping when parents arrive with food.
The camera click makes him turn towards me - he's put off by my presence, and just drops the grasshopper into the box.
A juvenile bluebird sits on fence post near the farm (above). Nearby is an adult bluebird on a metal post.(below)
Also at the farm, I find the group of turkeys with the juveniles making their way through the lemon tree rows and drip lines. This is probably the same group I saw in the mist, near the house a few days ago.
Turkeys disappear into the tall grasses bordering the farm, with one of the adults maintaining the rear guard as I follow them part way.
The woodpile quail, keeping a lookout. Behind the woodpile was the female with the chicks...his feathers are fluffed up in front from the wind.
Meanwhile, some photos from the back yard birds -
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