Thursday, July 3, 2014

7/3/2014 They Done Flew the Coop,,,,er,,,,Nest

(Damascus, VA)

Shortly after we arrived here I shared a picture of some just hatched birds that were nested on top of the interior corner post of the doorway overhang of the gatehouse.  Wow, that was a long sentence!

Anyway, those little birds all died, we believe they froze to death one cold night in early May.  Before we knew it the mama bird, or maybe I should say a mama bird, built another nest right on top of the old one.  It wasn’t long before she was sitting on that nest all the time and we knew what that meant.

A short time later we started hearing the faint chirps of newborn baby birds.  We didn’t really pay all that much attention to them until the last few days.  There are four of them and their nest is really crowded

We knew it wasn’t going to be long before they flapped those wings.

Amanda and I were working together today and I happened to look out the door just as the first one was taking flight.  It didn’t get far because it couldn’t figure out to fly low, below and out from under the overhang.

It would take a short flight and end up right back here, time and time again.  Finally it went low enough to see the outside world and that was all it took.  We watched it fly to the small tree just six feet away.  If I didn’t know better I would have sworn it smiled.

It must egged the others on because one by one they stretched those wings.  Just the first one they each had a hard time figuring out how to get out from under.





From start to finish it took about 30 – 40 minutes for all of them to leave the nest and figure out how to get out from the under the overhang.

A pretty cool thing to watch if I do say so.

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