Fledge day.

On February 20th, we noticed a pair of Carolina wrens making a nest in a planter we have on the patio out back.  For the last week or two we have watched them bringing insects all day long, and could hear the babies’ chirps.  Today they fledged!  I saw the first one jump out.  Then called Monte to the window.  We watched the second one jump out, and then he reminded me I might want to get a picture or two.  🙂

The last three…

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And then there were two…

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And then there was one…

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And then there were none!  Such cuties.

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Yay!  Now I can finally trim that plant and water it.

Lil’ baby bird.

Seen at the bird bath this week – a baby blue jay.  We have found two dead jay fledglings on the back patio this month – lots of predators out and about.  I’m happy to see some have made it.  This guy is adorable with his short tail, fuzzy white belly feathers and pinkish baby-beak corners.

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Newsflash:  this week we have seen another blue jay pair building a new nest in the red oak in the front yard.  Their nest is visible from our kitchen window.  I’m looking forward to more stealthy shots.  Stay tuned.

So proud!

A few weeks back I posted about a Bewick’s wren couple building a nest in the birdhouse that I hung under the eaves of my house.  Since then, I have been watching the birdhouse closely.  For the last two weeks or so, I have seen the wrens flying back and forth, to and from the house, feeding babies.  Those wren parents were delivering bugs every few minutes from sunrise to sunset!   Amazing.  I listened to the baby wrens chirp each time the parents brought food.  I watched them feed the babies.  I watched the parents take away the fecal sacs each time.  I watched as the babies started looking out the hole of the birdhouse.  It was like an episode of PBS Nature show right outside my window.  🙂

Today I sat 10 feet from the birdhouse outside and watched the baby wrens fledge!   I saw four of them fly out, there may have been more.  I hope they come back to nest next spring under the eaves, too.   I thought I recorded a video of it, but apparently I don’t know how to use the video mode of my camera yet.  Oh well, it was very cool to see it happen.  I’m so excited that I was able to watch them, especially since we spent the entire weekend on the lake.  And Monte and I had just returned to the house after running an errand.  Five minutes later they were all out of the birdhouse.

So cute!

From earlier this morning:

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Seconds before the first one flew out:

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One of the babies, right after his first flight:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA