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First baby Chickadee portrait

May 10, 2010

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A Chickadee Family Event

May 10, 2010

I’m sure you remember the female chickadee from a few weeks back that set out to build a nest, even if a little lopsided, in our bird house.

After she finished her work, she laid four eggs and at their proper time, all of them hatched. She is now the proud mother of four, just in time for Mother’s Day. They all look healthy and one of them is especially audacious.

It was hard to see them inside the bird house, and even harder to photograph them, because the plastic panel which is supposed to allow us to see inside was very dirty. We need to find a better way for next time.

Here is a picture of three of the chicks at the bottom of the nest.

And here is the fourth one, climbing the ramp and looking at the world outside.

The mother feeding the climber chick waiting for her at the door. The other three were not that happy and had to wait their turn until the mother was able to get inside.

By yesterday morning, three of the chicks had already gone. This is the last chick leaving the nest. I was its first flight and it flew directly into my blind. Maybe it got confused with the autumn leaves camouflage.

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The end result!

March 30, 2010

I don't know how the little chickadees managed to slant the wire mesh flooring but it seems to work anyway.

Time to build the nest…

March 29, 2010

Carolina Chickadee hard at work

He’s back!

March 22, 2010

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An unwelcome hawk visit

March 14, 2010

A young hawk decided to pay us an unwelcome visit. I didn’t see him at first but I noted that all of a sudden every living being in our backyard was completely immobile, frozen in space and time: two birds on one feeder, a squirrel sitting on the fence, a dove on the patio and a Carolina Wren on the other feeder.

Frozen Carolina Wren after hawk arrival

Knowing this kind of behavior from a previous time, I finally found the hawk perching on a high branch. It didn’t take much to shoo him away and after a couple of minutes everything went back to normal.

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Working hard!

March 8, 2010

We’re not talking!

March 2, 2010

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Rainy Sunday

January 25, 2010

Yesterday the rain fell on and off all morning and early afternoon. It was miserable outside for all kind of living creatures. This bluebird is wet to the bones and looking gloomy. Springs seems far away today...

Picture of the day

January 14, 2010

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