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Chokecherries Ripening and A Mystery Solved - UPDATE August 1, 2020

Here and there, chokecherries that survived the spring drought are ripening. We’re seeing some pits in the scats but much more green fibrous mush from eating plants. Ricky w /chokecherriesRicky w /chokecherriesPlants bears fall back on in times of scarce berries are pea vine, jewel weed, clover, young grasses, and some others. Two good Samaritans found a patch of chokecherries and offered them to handsome 4-year-old Ricky (son of Samantha, grandson of Braveheart, great grandson of Blackheart, great great grandson of Shadow) who appreciated it.

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I’ve wondered where the phoebes have nested the last couple years. The pair has been here flitting about catching flying insects, but we haven’t watched carefully enough to notice where they were taking them to their nestlings. For years, they had nested under the eaves of the garage. A couple days ago, I noticed that they were bringing food to a nest under the third floor deck. At this time of year, it would be their second nesting. Now we know. Phoebes are very drab birds. They perch wagging their tails, which gives away their identity. Then they fly out, catch a flying insect, and either eat it or deliver it to their nestlings. This individual is bringing a caterpillar to the nestlings.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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