Spring is in full tilt in Teton Valley! With the migrants back, I’ve been able to spot a lot of returning avian amigos feeding and nesting. My backyard abuts National Forest, and last week I spotted a pair of Red-Naped Sapsuckers that had settled down in a broken aspen snag right behind my house! I’m excited to watch them over the summer and see if they produce any fledglings.
Returning for another year is our resident Swainson’s Hawk, Wayne. If it’s not the same hawk as last year, there’s a good chance it’s one of it’s progeny – roaming the same territory it learned from it’s parents.
Roaming the potato fields once more are Sandhill Cranes. Their signature call bugles across the creek and low marshy areas every morning.
My hummingbird feeder has also started to see some action! We’ve gotten Calliope, Broad-Tailed, and possible Rufous Hummingbirds. I think this is a picture of a female Calliope, but female hummingbirds are a little difficult to I.D.
For a couple weeks I’ve seen cars pulled over to look at a huge nest right on the side of the highway. I stopped the other day and it turned out to be a Great Horned Owl and it’s nestling! I can’t believe they chose to nest so close to the road and Driggs where they’re fully visible in the daytime, but an already-nest is a pretty good score I guess!