The Reason for Spring Migration


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.

Red-winged Blackbird male defending territory, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

Red-winged Blackbird male defending territory, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

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.

Red-winged Blackbird female with bugs for the chicks, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

Red-winged Blackbird female with bugs for the chicks, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

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.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male yammering, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

Yellow-headed Blackbird male yammering, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

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.

Mallard duckling, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

Mallard duckling, Hyatt Hidden Lakes, Boise, Idaho

After all, it’s the reason for the season. It’s why they are here.

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