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Interesting NETFO-area Photos of 2001:



Say's Phoebe photo by Eddie Ray        Say's Phoebe photo by Eddie Ray

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A Say's Phoebe has been present at the Sabine Mining Co. and nearby Pleasant Hill Church in Harrison Co. through most of the 2000-2001 winter (upper photos) and again through the 2001-2002 winter (lower photo).  Photos by Eddie Ray.


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LarkSparrowSite.JPG (231942 bytes)On Saturday morning, July 7, 2001, Guy Luneau spotted a female Lark Sparrow with nesting materials and followed her to the nest, cleverly hidden in a flower arrangement on a headstone.  Click on thumbnail pictures to view full-size photos.



LarkSparrowNest10Jul01ER.JPG (48435 bytes)By Tuesday, July 10, there were three Lark Sparrow eggs in the nest (laid on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) and one cowbird egg (laid on Sunday).  The three sparrow eggs are actually nearly white with dark markings, while the cowbird egg is light blue with speckles.  Eddie Ray photographed the nest with a digital camera around 8:00 PM on July 10, 2001, and hopes to document the progress in the nest.  Stay tuned. 


Lark Sp Nest 11-Jul-01 E.Ray
About 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 11, Eddie photographed the nest with fill flash to reveal the colors and details better.  The cowbird egg had been replaced by a fourth Lark Sparrow egg.  No one is saying what happened to the cowbird egg. 


They Mowed 15-Jul-01 Eddie Ray
On July 15 Eddie took this picture.  The cemetery had been mowed, but the mother Lark Sparrow apparently had taken it all in stride.  She was sitting on the nest when Eddie took the picture.



By late Friday afternoon, July 20, two of the eggs had hatched.  The female was still spending time on the nest, either incubating or shading the eggs and hatchlings.  Eddie reports that the photo he took Friday was too fuzzy.  He'll try to get a better picture on Sunday or Monday, and by then all the eggs should have hatched. 


On July 22 Eddie sent this report:  "Guy reported late Saturday afternoon, July 21 that, 'the Lark Sparrow nesting had ended in tragedy'.  Fire ants found the nest.


"It's sad but it's reality.  So it goes with nature.  This should remind us of the difficulties some species encounter in reproducing.  Other birds, snakes, squirrels, insects and other things take their toll.  Death to one creature is only a juicy morsel to sustain the life of another.  Next year, another nest in another place may succeed in bringing little Lark Sparrows into this world.


"Next year, my plans will include Sevin dust."


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M.Dove Nest 15-Jul-01 E.Ray

Eddie also photographed this Mourning Dove nest around the middle of July.  His comment:  "A Mourning Dove nest is hardly a model for sturdy construction.  (It really looks more flimsy than the pictures show.)  It will get the job done, though, unless a rat snake or some other predator gets to it or a thunderstorm blows the whole thing away!"


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This White-eyed Vireo nest was photographed in early June 2001 by Dorothy Metzler. The far right photo was taken at a distance, without a tripod, and is consequently not very sharp.  But the nestlings can be seen greeting the adult (perched to the left of the nest, shaking off the rain) with wide-open orange-yellow bills.

W-e Vireo Nest 2001 D.Metzler  

W-e Vireo Nestlings 2001 D.Metzler




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