will sing from the nest

In the large wild-sown cotoneaster out our kitchen window, we see lots of birds. They like the flowers, the berries, the insects that feed on both. I think they like the view too — looking west towards Sakinaw Lake and the hump of Texada Island beyond the rise our children called Grass Lake Mountain. This is where the sapsuckers brought their young last June, the whole family buzzing and feeding on sap and insects. (https://theresakishkan.com/2012/06/24/passage/)

This morning we were having coffee and noticed activity in the tree, branches waving back and forth. When we looked closely, we saw two birds we’d never seen before. They were obviously a pair, feeding close together. Luckily the Stokes Field Guide was handy and we were able to identify them almost immediately as Black-headed Grosbeaks. We’ve had Evening Grosbeaks around before but not these guys, or at least not when we’ve been able to see them close up. Who knows what flies and feeds and nests when you’re busy doing something else? When your eyes are to the ground where the snakes are abundant — and they are right now! — and the tree-frogs have begun to show themselves on iris leaves and the lizards are scuttling here and there in sunlight?

So here’s the pair, a bit blurry because I had to take their picture through glass, and I love what the Field Guide tells me: “Both male and female incubate the eggs and will sing from the nest.”

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