The female lays her eggs within a week of nest completion. The incubation period is 10 to 11 days; both parents incubate. Both parents feed the young. The nestlings fledge in 25 to 30 days. Blue-headed Vireo : Blue-headed Vireos winter along the southeastern seaboard, the Gulf Coast, Mexico, and Central America, leaving their wintering grounds in March and early April and returning to the Adirondack region in early May. Males typically arrive before females. Nest building begins within two weeks or so after the first arrivals.
This species builds its nests in trees. The nest-building process usually takes about a week, resulting in an open cup nest, which is suspended by the rim from a fork or a branch. Both males and female incubate the eggs, which hatch in 13 to 14 days.
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Both adults participate in feeding the young. The chicks fledge in another 13 to 14 days, but they are totally dependent on their parents for food for about a week after leaving the nest. Many of the wetland birds we see in the Adirondack uplands are also migratory, arriving in early spring to breed on lakes, ponds, rivers, and marshes. Most leave for warmer waters further south or in the southern and coastal regions of their breeding range. It leaves for its breeding grounds in the northern US and southern Canada in early spring. It usually arrives in the Adirondack region by late April or early May.
Listen for its distinctive three syllable "pump-er-lunk" song and watch for it stalking through the vegetation on Heron Marsh or Bloomingdale Bog with its head in the air, imitating a stick.
Common Merganser : Late April and early May is also a time when the migrating ducks return to much of the Adirondack Park. The Common Merganser spends its winters on large lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in the southern and coastal regions of their breeding range such as Lake Champlain , and in additional wintering grounds across the northern and western United States.
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These ducks are among the first ducks to reappear in our part of the Adirondacks. Watch for them in marshes , lakes, and ponds, starting in mid-April. The males have white bodies, dark green heads which appear black in most lights , and a slender, serrated red bill. The females are slate grey with a chestnut head. Ring-necked Duck: Our Ring-necked Ducks also reappear around this time. Ring-necked Ducks winter inland along the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic coasts.
They depart from their wintering sites in February and can usually be found throughout the Adirondacks from mid- to late April on. Look for them resting in the vegetation along the edges and islands of marshes. Despite the name, the neck rings on the Ring-necked Duck are rarely discernible from a distance, so look for this bird's distinctive, peaked head to help you identify it. Adult males are decked out in gleaming black, gray, and white and have a prominent white ring on the bill. Females are a rich brown and have a gray bill with white and black markings at the tip.
Hooded Merganser: This small diving duck is a cavity nester.
It chooses live or dead trees in close proximity to water. Female Hooded Mergansers construct and maintain the nests. Only females incubate the eggs, which take about a month to hatch. Male Hooded Mergansers abandon the females soon after incubation begins. The ducklings depart the nest within twenty-four hours of hatching, responding to calls from the female in the water below the nest cavity. Hooded Merganser ducklings are very active and begin feeding themselves from the first day, either diving for food or swimming with their heads under water.
They forage primarily on invertebrates. They depart their wintering sites in mid-March to early April, returning to the Adirondack Mountains in late April and early May. Males generally are the first to arrive in breeding areas. The Swamp Sparrow's preferred breeding habitat includes freshwater cattail marshes , especially marshes with open water, dense low vegetation, and available singing perches.
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Although the Swamp Sparrow's song is similar to the faster trill of the Chipping Sparrow , if you hear a slow, simple trill from a sparrow-like bird on a marsh, it's probably a Swamp Sparrow. A convenient place to watch and listen for Swamp Sparrows is Heron Marsh, where you can see it perching on cattails near the overlooks on the Heron Marsh Trail and the Barnum Brook Trail. You can also find them along the Bloomingdale Bog Trail , as well as in marshy areas around rivers and streams, such as the Cemetery Road Wetlands between Keene and Keene Valley.
As fall and cooler temperatures arrive, the majority of songbirds begin to make their way south. Among the earliest to depart are the warblers, who are heavily dependent on insects and invertebrates for food. Prior to departure, the migrants must ingest large quantities of food to fuel their flight. In late August and early September, many of the birds we see in the Adirondack Mountains are migrants from Canada, stopping here on their way south.
These birds usually travel at night, when it is safer to fly. By morning, they come down to relax and start feeding. The migrating birds tend to move in small mixed-species groups, apparently for protection against predators or to help find food.
Transients seen in late autumn and early spring include the White-crowned Sparrow. This species winters just south of us in the continental U. These birds pass through our area in early May, traveling north, and then again in late September and early October, traveling south. White-crowned Sparrows, in contrast to many species, do not migrate as cohesive flocks. Individual birds appear to follow their own flight schedules and do not stay close together except when feeding.
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Gim was rescued and hidden by an old woman; he was on the island of the robbers but was helpless from his injuries. One day a mysterious man came by and asked Gim to go with him.
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Gim lived with the man in the mountains studying magic until he was sixteen, whereupon the man told him to go and rescue the king from the robbers, and that he would meet Gim again in three years exactly. Gim set out, finding a magic horse, arms, and armor along the way, and arrived at the king's castle when it was on the point of surrender. In the enemy camp, he found a black face belching fire at the castle, a genii studying astrology, a rat whose swinging tail produced a flood which threatened the castle, and a giant who hurled flames at the King's camp.
Gim fought them with his magic but was overwhelmed by their numbers. He fled with the king to an island, but the rat tried to submerge it with an even greater flood from its tail. A butterfly led Gim to a cavern in a distant mountain, where he met the first boy he had encountered. They went back to fight together, but the other boy was killed and the island submerged, and Gim and the King retreated to a second island. Gim was led by a crow to another cavern in the mountains where he met his other friend.
They returned to fight, but again the friend was killed, the island submerged, and Gim and the King had to retreat.