Larry Zach Wildlife Art

I had a great morning sitting on the deck and watching the birds as it got light today. Amazed by the activity and variety of birds within sight of the deck, I decided it would be fun to make a summer project of observing, photographing, and painting the birds in the immediate area.

Here are early observations:

A pair of wrens are nesting in the box right off the deck. While one wren carried sticks to the nest, the other spent considerable energy trying to drive off a red-bellied woodpecker that wanted to feed in the area. The fact that the woodpecker seemed to totally ignore the racket and diving attacks didn't seem to hinder the enthusiasm nor the persistence of the wren.

A pair of rough-wing swallows are apparently building a nest in the pole shed. They are carrying nesting material into a box that contains my deer decoy. It is on a shelf about 10' off the ground. They seem to work as a pair, first landing on the gravel drive, then one picks up some nest material which looks like small grassy stuff possibly from the last few days of lawn mowing. Next they both fly back into the pole shed and disappear into the box with the material.

A pair of barn swallows are nesting in the same location over the sliding door of the pole shed where a pair nested last year.

A pair of blue birds are using the nest box just south of the pole shed. The female gathers primarily dead grasses from the lane where I accidentally sprayed Roundup and killed the grass.

An eastern phoebe is attracted to the frame work under my tower blind about 10 yards off the deck. Last year I attached some lumber scraps to the bottom of the frame work so robins, swallows, and phoebe could build nests there. Last year barn swallows took advantage of the site.

Starlings have managed to get past my mesh barrier and are nesting again in the overhang of the trailer.

Canada geese were interested in the pond again this year but by the time I rigged up a floating nest tub they had chosen another location. I have mixed feelings about that. It would have been fun to watch and listen to them but I won't miss the goose droppings that would have likely been deposited on the dock.

I can also hear and see a number of other birds that have not yet found nest sites. These include the red-bellied woodpecker, red-headed woodpeckers, downy woodpecker, white breasted nuthatch, tree swallows, rose-breasted grossbeaks, red-winged blackbirds, purple grackles, song sparrows, ruby-throated hummingbirds, goldfinch (will nest later), yellow-throated warbler, vultures (may be nesting in the bulldozed brush pile from when the pond was built), eastern meadowlark, wild turkey and chipping sparrow are the species that come to mind at this moment.

It's always amazing the sheer amount of wildlife you will see if you can sit still long enough to look for it.

Written by Chris Zach — May 26, 2008


Farming between the rains « Larry Zach’s Blog:

[…] About ← Birds, birds everywhere […]

May 26 2008 at 11:05 PM


Quiet observation leads to quiet reflection leads to quiet creativity.

May 30 2008 at 11:05 AM

Farming between the rains « Larry Zach’s Blog:

[…] Birds, birds everywhere […]

May 26 2008 at 11:05 PM


These are such great shots of the collections! I think I’m gttnieg into the furry boots.. Have a great day! Wish you were here to get some Baked & Wired.. xo

October 12 2012 at 08:10 PM


Spokes,Actually, I’m in TN this week, so you probably won’t see me. However, I’m ridnig a black Trek Pilot, and I’ll probably look sweaty and exhausted if the heat continues.Have a good ride!Dan

December 23 2014 at 06:12 PM

Leave a comment

Welcome from Larry

"A lifetime of hunting, fishing, conservation work, and nature study has provided me with a wealth of outdoor experiences and images. My intent as an artist is to share these with others."
              - Larry Zach