Open Thread - 05-27-22 - Little Bird

Back on 4-12-22 I posted a comment about a little Northern Parula that had been banging on our window. Well, it's now 5-27-22 and it's still here, banging on the same window every day, multiple times per day, incessantly. As a matter of fact the little bugger is banging on the window as I write this.

Here's a video I recorded on 5-12-22, one month after my initial post (1:03 - captured with my phone):

If you follow the link to the comment I included above, in the sub-thread dystopian makes this distinction: "They have a neat buzzy insect-like ascending trill for a song." He's exactly right, that's how they sound. I now know it very well.

Parulas nest in Spanish Moss. That's a Crepe Myrtle tree on the other side of the window. Not far on the other side of the Crepe Myrtle is a huge oak tree loaded with Spanish Moss. The Parula no doubt is nesting in the oak tree and flies down to the Crepe Myrtle to, oh I don't know, have some fun banging it's head on the window?

We first noticed the Parula in early April, here it is 44 days later and its is still trying to get into that window. I figure it has either a severe case of OCD, or a severe need to get away from a nest full of young ones.

Actually, my best guess is it is seeing another Parula in the window and wants to escort it away from its nest.

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While we're on the subject of birds. Have you ever heard the lonesome sound of a mockingbird singing in the night? It's a real thing. There's been one, probably a lovesick male, in our yard for at least a couple of weeks. It really is sad and sorrowful. Kind of reminds me of myself back in the day.

(Not my video. Filmed at night so no visual.)
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Bonus question: Have you ever wondered what was going through the head of the Easter Islander that cut down the last tree on the island?

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Have a great Memorial Day weekend, folks!
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Gotta' make this quick, headed to Fredricksburg/Luckenbach later this morning for a weekend of R&R. Going to Luckenbach Saturday. Live music in downtown Fredricksburg on Sunday.

Got to go pack now.

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Safe journey and I hope gas prices are user friendly!
I am surprised that Parula has a beak left.

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@on the cusp
in the seat next to me makes up for any downside. Biggrin

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@JtC Master Blog Owner Dude, you have a sweet streak!

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back in the burbs we also have birds banging at the window, only
that it's a sparrow of some sort. But on the good side, the garden
is full of Mourning Doves, Red-winged Blackbirds, Cowbirds with an
occaissional Woodie, Bluejay, Goldfinch and Cardinals.

All together it's quite the concert we have going on in the yard

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“Those who choose the lesser evil forget very quickly that they chose evil.”
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@ggersh
watch out for those cowbirds, they're nasty. They lay their eggs in song bird's nest, destroy the songbird's eggs, and let the songbird raise their fledglings.

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Hi all, Hey JtC! Awesome sauce bro! Very cool. I want to give you an A+ on your bird report. Wink

I can't believe it is still doing it. But have had Cardinal, and Towhee do it for extended periods. Birds will do this with car mirrors as well, and a nice chrome hubcap will even serve. Anything reflective can do it.

I suspect your pair is nesting a second time. For most songbirds, nesting cycle is about a month. Egg laying to hatching a couple weeks, and hatching to fledging a couple more weeks. I have on multiple occasions had Northern Parula nesting events in which the birds came in, nested, and left, within 6 weeks. If food conditions are good enough many songbirds will do three cycles in a single breeding season.

Parulas are warblers in case folks are interested. More properly wood-warblers, but hardly anyone calls them that unless in a technical setting. Warblers are many peoples' favorite group of birds. Over 50 types in the U.S., so outstanding diversity and the various colors are amazing. Fast action, most with long migrations to the tropics for the winter, a fascinating group of birds. For most across the pond, the group of birds they want to see most in America, is warblers.

Warblers provide a great example of layering. The separation of micro-biomes within an ecosystem so they are not competing. Some warblers are ground-warblers. Others live entirely in short bushes, the understory. A few are bark specialists which only use the trunks and big branches, hunting the bark. Others are mid-level tree foragers, and still others are strictly tree-top or tip-of-branch foragers. So you can have six species making a living in the same trees, almost not whatsoever overlapping each other when it comes to tapping food resources. Layering.

Those all-nighter Mockers take a lot of heat here in Texas for those nocturnal serenades. Yup, overwhelming majority if not all, are unmated males. They troll with song from area to area hoping a female is somewhere that likes the cut of their jib. Yellow-breasted Chat also sings a lot at night,
and since no one knows what they are, the Mockingbird is blamed and takes the heat. LOL.

I listen to ID the birds the Mocker is imitating to guess where he has been. I have run out in the front yard many times to see rare bird I hear, to find a Mocker. But once one was imitating a Great Kiskadee in the yard, and a Great Kiskadee flew into the yard!

Thanks for the bird news!

Have a great weekend all!

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@dystopian
thank you for your expert info