Mama laid a third egg today, but that’s not the good news. The good news is that I saw all three babies and they are safe and healthy. To say they have grown is a gross understatement. They fly as strong as the adults and are really spooky. That’s a good thang!
I happened to look out the kitchen window while Daddy was having breakfast this morning–his usual– and saw him take some worms to a fledgling that was on the ground a couple of yards over. I grabbed the camera and went outside and was able to see all three. They were on the roof next door, in our backyard and even perched on the box while Mama was inside working on her third egg.
The mockingbirds are still weaving a nest of sticks in the honeysuckle. A young chickadee visited the back yard this morning and sat in my Live Oak begging while its parents brought it sunflower seeds from the tray feeder. This didn’t last too long though. Daddy always runs off chickadees. I suppose because they are cavity nesters and represent a threat to his nest site.
Seeing the babies and knowing they are safe was a bright spot in an otherwise morose day. We buried my last living aunt today. The older generation is gone and I’m now the eldest in the Dillon clan. Scary.
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid