Cleaning up straw for Spring Nesting...

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© Andrea Petersen
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Photo Info
UploadedApril 4, 2013
TakenMay 18, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/500 sec at f/5.5999999046326
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length200 mm

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Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you...St. John 15: 3

A female grosbeak
Knows the right words
And how to speak...
To a family of birds.
It is clearly understood
By her young brood..
She prepares her work best
That we behold in her jaw
For a clean spring nest
That she gleans from straw!
Poetry by me AJP

To be honest I did not like my last entry of a Bobcat Snowplow cleaning snow off the sidewalk on the first day of spring and I replaced it with this photo of the Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak which I think looks more like the kind of spring I dearly love to see with the Flowering crab apple tree softly blossoming in the background and a bird with straw in its mouth for building nests. Thank you all regardless for the comments you gave me on the previous attempt for the theme. I know this is a last minute change but I have to sit back and be truthful when it comes to critiquing my own work.

This is an image I shot in May of 2009 and I was surprised to see this sweet tired bird fly to the feeder with straw in her mouth as she rested momentarily from her duties...She did not stop to eat the seeds..Birds work so hard to raise their families from the materials they can gather for building their nests and they do a wonderful job of constructing them.
The female Grosbeaks is usually the one to build a loosely constructed nest ...however some pairs will share the work and both male and female incubate. If a pair raises a second brood, the male may take charge of the first, while his mate sits on the new eggs.. ( Information in this paragraph from North American Wildlife.)

15 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    FAB detail, Andrea! & so sweet!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    I do love the beauty of the flowering crab apple in the background, and what a fantastic shot of the grosbeak.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    An excellent sharp image of Mrs. Grosbeak!! This species is a lot more attractive than finches.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    this little guy is just adorable. perfectly posed against the scarlet touches in the background! awesome.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Apr 2013):

    An immaculate addition to JPG's Theme Park!

  • Paperini Renato

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  • Raymond Fausel

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  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (5 Apr 2013):

    I colors in this and the crabapple in the background really highlight this little beauty.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2013):

    Nice capture. Love your bird images.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2013):

    A great spring and nature photo!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (5 Apr 2013):

    This is fantastic for the theme!!! It looks like your spring is finally arriving.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (6 Apr 2013):

    A spectacular capture!

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (7 Apr 2013):

    These birds know you so well...i think this is rather special, getting ready for the New additions to arrive!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (7 Apr 2013):

    Great catch!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (7 Apr 2013):

    Great timing for this capture! It's perfect for the challenge!

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