Reader Diana MacPherson is busy documenting her birds and chippies, and reader Matt sent some loons:
This first picture is a bit blurry but I thought it was interesting to see the size difference between the Eastern Grey Squirrel ([Sciurus carolinensis] this guy has really red fur) and the Chipmunk ([Eastern chipmunk: Tamias striatus] who you can see peeking up from the grass). The chipmunk is careful around the squirrel but they seem to get along okay at the feeder; I’ve heard squirrels kill chipmunks but I’ve never seen it at my feeder.
A very bendy chipmunk grooms himself.
Grooming the tail (notice the dirty snout – must’ve been foraging earlier).
A female house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) looks like she is gathering nesting material. It’s too late for that, silly bird.
Reader Matt G gives us a first for this site: loons (at least a first of the avian variety). The chicks ride on mom’s back, and this is the Common Loon, Gavia immer. Matt’s notes:
I teach science in NYC, but spend the summer on Caroga Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. A pair of loons also spends the summer on Caroga Lake, and I have had the privilege of watching them raise their young. They have not been reproductively successful for the last couple years (eggs which fail to hatch, predation from snapping turtles and eagles) but they have easily done their share to perpetuate the species. These were taken with a Canon Rebel XS from the wooden kayak I built several summers ago.