April showers not only bring May flowers but they also bring baby birds! While I haven't had a chance to keep an eye on all the birds with nests around campus; here at the Collection Studies Center we have an interesting group using the building for nest protection.
|Fledgling Mourning Doves|
In our courtyard we have a couple of baby Mourning Doves hanging around waiting for their parents to feed them.
|Female Mallard, very skittish of her nest|
We also found a little corner where a Mallard duck decided to raise her brood. In the past, we had heard from former Bayer employees that Mallards frequently nested in the courtyard as well. Hopefully if we can keep people from disturbing her, she won't abandon the nest. Please help by not looking for her!
|Clutch of Mallard eggs|
Mark, a member from our awesome custodial staff, mentioned seeing a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree with both a bird and a rabbit. No doubt the hawk was finding enough food to fill the mouths of hungry babies nesting somewhere on campus.
Keep your eyes open. There's still a lot more migration to go and all sorts of birds are on their way.