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June's time for light birding entertainment

In the local birder's year, June is a time for slowing down. Spring migration is over, and the daytime temperatures and humidity make field birding uncomfortable on most days.

This time of year, I enjoy relaxing in my back yard and watching the families of birds that have nested around my house.

The most conspicuous family is the brown thrashers. Apparently two young fledged, and they are now old enough to forage for themselves, though they still beg from both parents frequently.

They love my garden, and I credit them with solving a cutworm problem I had earlier in the season.

I have been noticing one young eastern towhee from time to time for about three weeks. I suspect the nest was in the vines covering my rear fence. Other species that nested in my yard or have brought their families through include eastern bluebird, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, and American robin. I would really like to find where the red-eyed vireo that sings constantly from a large willow oak has its nest, but it is probably in a neighbor's yard.

Most of the common backyard breeders can have two or three nests each year, so I can look forward to a couple more months of light entertainment until fall migration picks up.