While the unusually cold windy weather this spring took a toll on the barn swallows' first broods, it didn't bother the chickadees one bit. I wouldn't be surprised if the female chickadee actually gained weight during this period. Both adults continually brought mouthfuls of tent caterpillars and other insects to the nestlings during the worst weather. Whenever the stuffed nestlings would not gape, the adults would finally swallow the prey themselves. All five nestlings fledged with no problems.
The following still photos are taken from a single frame of video from the vhs tapes. This process results in a substantial loss of quality compared to the original camera image and vhs tape.
2018 - The Barnyard Balance of Nature Goes Awry
|yellow shafted flicker
|big brown bat
American Artifacts home
© 2002 - 2010, American Artifacts and Richard Van Vleck, Taneytown, Maryland.