Spring birds are in Boise, singing on territories, checking for mates and, in the case of early arrivals, feeding and raising chicks. Some sample shots, all taken yesterday morning.
It’s hard to hear yourself think at Hyatt Hidden Lakes for the blackbirds singing. WC isn’t complaining. Besides, the noisy males are helping conceal something more important. The eggs have hatched.
This female waited patiently for WC to go away so she could fly to her carefully hidden nest.Note that mouthful of bugs.
The Yellow-head Blackbirds were singing, too – stretching the word “singing” a bit – but there wasn’t a female to be seen. Which suggests they are incubating eggs right now.
The resident Mallards and Canada Geese are ahead of the crowd, and their kids are ready to leave the nest lot earlier than the passerines anyway.
After all, it’s the reason for the season. It’s why they are here.