Fun - Bluejays - Week Three
This is the third and last week of pictures, starting with baby birds and ending with an empty nest.

The images below are in chronological order. Click on one to open a window with a larger version.

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6/13/01: "You again?"
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The nest is packed pretty full at this point
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"I am SO bored."
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The feathers are getting more and more real
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6/14/01: Five birds with feather boas
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I think the film on the rightmost bird's eye is a nictating membrane
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6/15/01: There are four in the nest....
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... and one out. (He doesn't seem too happy about it, either.)
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A view from underneath the deck
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Big Brother standing tall
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Upset parent, yelling at me under the deck. (At least this way I don't get thwacked.)
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6/16/01: Count the five beaks
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Then, things got exciting. One of the chicks jumped out of the nest and made a run (not a fly) for it. I tried to find it in the underbrush, with some extremely angry parents keeping me company.
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I finally found it in some woods a hundred yards and a plummit or two off. I put it back in the nest, only to have it jump off again. It finally stayed, and I left them alone for a while.
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An hour later I checked, and found only two or three left (I decided not to enquire too closely).
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6/17/01: One of the last chicks. Soon after I took this, he jumped. I chased him down and put him back in the nest. Soon he jumped again.
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This time I got him and put him in a nearby tree, figuring he'd be out of harm's way and wouldn't be looking to change his venue again.
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There was one shy-looking kid left in the nest.

After some thought, I remembered that the afternoon was supposed to pour buckets of rain. So, I got the chick back from the tree and put it with its sibling.

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6/18/01: One chick left, looking fairly non-chalant.
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The feather boa is becoming more defined.
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The flight feathers are almost full-grown.
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6/19/01: The nest is empty, and the parents are nowhere to be seen. 20 days from hatching to leaving.

That's all.

 

 

 
  
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