Parental parula

Tom Thompson, who lives in the Brimson area, was doing some yard work today when he noticed a little bird on the ground. Soon, the parent came to feed it:

“It was still there when I returned with my camera,” Tom writes. “Dad came back with a bug about three times as I hid behind some equipment. I had no idea what it was but later identified it as a northern parula. They are twitchy birds so difficult to photograph.”
They’re also beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing, Tom.
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Hummers, falcons and owls (oh, my!)

Michelle Weegman, who lives near Holyoke, Minn., reports that they never have fewer than 15 hummingbirds flying around the two feeders on their deck.
Here are a couple of her pictures of a few of them:

If you live in or visit Duluth, you can check out a nest of peregrine falcons from a viewing station at Lake Place Park. (Find a place to park in Canal Park, get on the Lakewalk and go up the steps before the Lakewalk crosses in front of a mural.)
Three chicks are in the nest, which is in a man made structure near the top of the Greysolon Plaza Building. They are expected to take their first flight sometime between June 25 and July 4.
Naturalists are on duty from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, weather permitting.
This is the 7th season of Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory’s Peregrine Watch. You can learn more here:
And finally, an intriguing note from Nate Elling, who lives in the Lakeside neighborhood off 52nd Avenue East, near the Hawk Ridge Estates.
“For the past month or so after dark I have been hearing a noise that almost sounds like a sonar beeping or some kind of electronic beeping,” Nate writes. “It sounds very much like a man made noise, but one night I went in search of the noise and determined the sound was coming from the top of a tall tree in the neighborhood.”
As he did some Internet research, Nate found something similar in a Youtube video of a scops owl call.
The problem is, the references Nate and I found show scops owls being in the Eastern Hemisphere, not the West. And the call he has been hearing is a little different — more frequent than on the video.
If nothing else, scops owls seem cool. You can see the video here:

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