After a few cold, cloudy, rainy days, we took advantage of today’s brilliant sunshine to walk through the Arboretum. We spotted a Baltimore oriole nest in the Meadow hanging on a silver maple branch. A female oriole perched next to it and watched us.
The male flew in later and took up watch near the nest.
A gentle breeze was blowing cottony willow seeds through the air, the snow of late spring.
We came across three pairs of juvenile robins, all closely watched by an adult. Multiple sources say that robins lay three to five eggs, so it’s not clear why we kept seeing just two.
The adult brought back insects to feed the little ones.
This ambitious robin brought back quite a feast for its children.
A nest in a magnolia tree near the main entrance still contained chicks. We saw two little beaks emerging from inside the nest.