Going To Seed

The flowers are going to seed. The birds have waited all summer for the delicacies hidden in the dried flowers.

On the last Friday in August, a solitary goldfinch dug out the seeds in the cup-plant flowers in the garden. After a while, he paused and sang “Anybody there? … Anybody there?” When there was no reply, he flew off to find his family.

Earlier in the morning, a young female rose-breasted grosbeak looked for insects in the bushes by the stream in the woods. A great creasted flycatcher swayed in the breeze on a tree branch.

The rose-breasted grosbeak and the great creasted flycatcher are two of this year’s new-to me birds.

In March, I saw a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks in the bushes along the road to the pond by the lake. They didn’t stay in sight long enough for a photograph.

At the end of May, a rose-breasted grosbeak sang from a high tree branch near the wren house.

On the second day of July, an immature male rose-breasted grosbeak rested for a moment on the fence across the road from the entrance to the woods. He still had a few youthful speckles on his breast.

May 30, 2017

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing from a tree in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, May 30, 2017.

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, May 30, 2017. 

July 2, 2017

An immature Rose-breasted Grosbeak near the entrance to the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, July 2, 2017.

August 25, 2017

A young female Rose-breasted Grosbeak by the stream in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

A Great Crested Flycatcher on the edge of the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

An American Goldfinch eating the seeds of the Cup-plant flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

An American Goldfinch eating the seeds of the Cup-plant flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

An American Goldfinch eating the seeds of the Cup-plant flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

An American Goldfinch eating the seeds of the Cup-plant flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, August 25, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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