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Friday, July 25, 2014

Kingfisher Chatters

(a blog about Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge)

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Recent Sightings (as of 07/22/2014)

As mentioned in the last post Eastern Kingbirds are nesting in Footrbridge Marsh (marsh at footbridge and spillway along Taylor Way).  I've been monitoring progress of the nest.  Two chicks have hatched and the parents are most attentive.  Dad stands by readily attacking any other birds too close to the nest.  Mom is catching plenty of flying insects for her babies when dad is available for guarding.  

Mother Eastern Kingbird returning with food for her young

Mother Eastern Kingbird feeding grasshopper to chick

Two Eastern Kingbird chicks

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar (Hyalophora cecropia)

Cecropia Moth is the largest in North America.

Green Herons and Kingfishers have been spotted routinely at Footbridge Marsh.  Rangers have removed most of the beaver dam there.

What have you seen lately?

See you on the refuge,

- The Kingfisher

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