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I watched her, a female American Redstart (a wood warbler) on what looks like day 2-3 of building her nest. She was relentless for the entire 2 hours I watched. I knew photographs would be difficult. There was shade and sun behind, she pulled bark of the vine inside the a bushy Box Elder. I had a slow lens at f / 5.6.  Autofocus was nearly impossible. It was a  last season dry vine and she instinctively knew how to strip the off strings from the  shell of the old vine. Mouthful after mouthful she flew to a nest she was building about 25 feet off the ground in an Elm tree 75-90 feet away:

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Here is a the male Blue Gray Gnatcatcher adding lichen got the nest sides; then all of the sudden the cry of a Kestrel, and both cover up their home; taken Canon 5D and 420mm (EF300L f/2.8 IS) with 1.4X TC.

 

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I had a tent for storage back by the woods. I was into the collapsed tent (fell December 4th, 2013 in a 12″ snowfall) looking for something today when a Carolina Wren darted out of a flower pot. There is a nest in the pot but no eggs yet. Then I got sassed for 15 minutes ! The dilemma: just let them nest or tear the old fallen tent out now ??? My inclination is to wait until early May after they fledge, then tear it down. Photos follow taken with a Canon 1DS Mark3 with a Canon EF300mm f/2.8 L IS Lens:

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Thinking that they would fledge 3-4 yesterday 6/22, I spend several hours closely watching the nesting hole; it did not happen. I went back today, more feeding, and slightly bolder chicks. I did, however, get lots of action shots of the pair’s final days for feeding the nestlings in their nesting hole:

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