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Debra Chako in Alanton reports that she has a âCanada goose firmly entrenched on my osprey nest with no sight of the osprey this year.â Chako is sure she has eggs on the nest because the male, presumably, is either âhanging around my yard or paddling around the nest.â While out on a boat with researchers from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center conducting an osprey census, osprey expert Reese Lukei snapped a photo of the unusual sight.
The new Virginia Beach Bee Club has been formed by a group of local beekeepers, and they will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 1 â and on ensuing first Mondays of each month â at Crocâs 19th Street Bistro. Anyone who wants to learn about bees or become a beekeeper is invited to the meetings. Find out more by emailing [email protected].
See Rob Bielawskiâs photo of an anhinga at Stumpy Lake Natural area and learn more about these unusual visitors on my blog. Also see my blog for Steve Danielsâ photograph of a northern water snake with its pattern of dark chunky blocks against a brown background.
Dody Nolan in Valley Stream in Chesapeake sent a sweet photo of a mama opossum with a baby on her back. The opossum also had at least one baby hidden underneath her, Nolan said.
More hummingbird arrivals: Chuck Hudson at the North End reported his first one or two hummers recently. Jenny Johnson, also at the North End, reported a male over the weekend. Pam Monahan got her first hummer in her West Neck yard. Betsy Karotkin said her first hummer arrived in Little Neck and perched on the shepherdâs crook where her feeder hung last year, obviously looking for nectar, which she quickly put out!
Monahan also added two new osprey nests to Osprey Watch, www.osprey-watch.org. One is a new nest that was built to replace an old one that was taken down when a stadium light was replaced at Princess Anne High School, and the other is the first nest to be built on a platform at Kellam High School. Females are incubating eggs on both nests, Monahan said. She also sent a photo of the male bringing a fish to the female at the Princess Anne High nest.
Jane Brumley on Knotts Island reports that her purple martins are back.
Randa Gustard in Kempsville said her Baltimore orioles are still in town, longer than they have ever been here in past years and that her bluebird couple is already on its second nest!
Allen Waters sent a photo of a beautiful red-bordered emerald moth, just an inch and a half big, on Waterâs back deck in Haygood Point.
Hank Ghittino in Lynnhaven Colony sent photos of a bluebird at his birdbath among colorful azaleas.
Carmen Scherrer photographed a green heron perched on a branch at Pleasure House Point.
Kathy Ryan in Broad Bay Point Greens reports a pair of pileated woodpeckers hopping around the pine trees in her yard.
Maggie Mathwig sent a photo of a box turtle that Randy Keel took in his backyard in Wolfsnare. âI told him he should name him Sunny because his markings resemble sunflowers,â Mathwig said.
Connie Owen in Robin Hood Forest is pleased that her yellow-crowned night herons are back nesting in a pine tree at the end of her driveway. John Kingston sent a photo of a pair that have been hanging out in his yard at Wishart Cove every afternoon.
Bruce Doyle, a retired Navy pilot in Great Neck, reported an aerial battle between an osprey and an eagle over the Lynnhaven River. The less agile eagle was chasing the osprey and the osprey was âjigging, banking and turning to get away.â Behind the two birds, flew four or five crows getting in on the action. Doyle doesnât know what provoked the dog fight because he said the osprey wasnât carrying a fish that the eagle may have wanted.
A starling has built a big messy nest in Nilda Schwartzwalderâs grill at her Rock Creek home.
Butterflies seem to be out and about early this year just like everything else. David Liebman reported that a pipevine swallowtail butterfly was laying eggs on his Dutchmanâs pipe in his Norfolk yard. He also saw a monarch and a tiger swallowtail butterfly in Kings Grant in Virginia Beach over the weekend.
Jane Hughey in the Indian River area of Chesapeake sent a fun photo of a bright red male cardinal perched right next to a red cardinal decoration on the top of a shepherdâs crook where a bird feeder hangs.
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