New baby pics

Today’s baby pics.  It’s amazing how much these guys have grown in just five days.   In addition to growing in size, they no longer look like pink hairy shrimp.  Blue pigmentation and pin feathers are appearing. Their eyes are still closed, though.

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The old cheeping trick didn’t work today. They were sacked out and refused to wake up.  I touched them on the heads and cheeped to no avail.

The older siblings from the first brood still visit the yard, but infrequently. I saw one yesterday and its face was stained purple. There are no berries other than poke berries on the creek where the juvies hang out. These would be poison to you or me, but birds gobble them up.  Wish I could have gotten a pic. He looked like a kid who had had gotten into the ice cream while his parents weren’t around.

Three of the four mockingbird eggs hatched.  One late yesterday and the other two this morning.  One egg remains.  The mockingbirds fuss a little at me when I take a pic, but have really racheted things down from the attack they launched on me the first time I inspected their nest.

Here is an interesting pic of Daddy taking mealworms to the babies yesterday. Late afternoon light makes great pics.  Good definition of his feathering.

Second brood summary:

  • 07 May  First egg laid
  • 08 May  Second egg laid
  • 09 May  Third egg laid
  • 14 May   Incubation began
  • 25 May   Two eggs hatched, one remaining
  • 29 May  Unhatched egg removed. Unfertilized.

About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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4 Responses to New baby pics

  1. Julia says:

    Sigh, I love birds, but especially blue birds. I used to have birds make a nest for themselves 3 summers in a row in my mailbox. Only one year there were eggs but it was still incredible to watch them grow!

  2. I love all the pictures, especially the one of Daddy coming home with his wings spread. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. lindell dillon says:

    Daddy is just a photogenic guy and a cooperative model. He will work for worms. 🙂
    You guys need to come over some evening and meet him. He’s not shy with strangers on the patio. You can see him just a few feet away. Feeding the bluebirds has become a little more complicated with the mockingbirds in the yard.

  4. Hi Lindell, Boy are these little beauties wonderful. Good pictures, too! Have a super nice Saturday!

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