Date: 6/15/20 11:10 am From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> Subject: [obol] All's quiet on the Southern front
What a difference a day makes. Saturday (windy) and the parents were all feeding kids like crazy. But on Sunday (still WINDY) the parents started enticing the nestling to come out. Fledglings of all stripes. Western Bluebirds, Mountain Chickadees, House finches, Lesser Goldfinches, Scrub Jays, Northern Flickers, they ALL presented their progeny for the world to see on the same day. A frenzy of feathers wondering where to go and just how to get there with those 'new' things sprouting from their bodies. 'I want to go HERE but THEY want to go THERE.' 'I want to down, but they force me to go UP!'
I have always wondered just how do Flicker Mums and Dads make it through raising their nestlings and fledglings with out getting wounded. Oh, and include the hummingbird parents too. My goodness sword swallowers at the fair have nothing to brag about. Have you wondered why the parent's beak doesn't come out the b-hinds of the poor nestlings?
Next up the Crows, American Goldfinches and Ash-throated parents will be showing off their kids. And have you been to the Prineville Wetlands?? We were there just a few days ago and nests were being built and eggs laid. it won't be long before the place will be alive with youngsters, Oh, wait a minute. It already IS. The early bird gets the worm? Geese and ducks have kids. The Yellow-headed Blackbirds adults are feeding. Although WE are not yet 'allowed' to come out because of #19 the world hasn't stopped.
Hark! Our first 'Spotty' of the year. Oh, just a Mule Deer spotty. (yeah, just)