Here are some baby swallows, not seasonal at all. Checking iPhoto inventory I found a set of 31 images taken last July of a Northern Rough-winged Swallow nest cavity. Young birds were being fed by one of their parents. Today is a bright cold January day; it feels good to work with photos from a warmer month. The nest hole was dug in a large pile of black dirt in a city maintenance yard near our Orono home. Two swallows began excavation of nest sites. One nest was completed. There are four young birds in the nest, one more aggressive than the others. This is often the case with altricial bird species, young fed in the nest until fledging. These birds are near that point, certainly the bird on the right. It pushed its way to the head of the chow line more times than not, probably why it appears stronger than its siblings.

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Mourning Dove with iridescent feathers

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Dippers being seen in Deadwood S. D.