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Posts from ‘April, 2006’

New Tenants?


This afternoon we were pleased to see a pair of bluebirds checking out the now empty bird house. I cleaned out the chickadees' nest, and the house is now ready for new occupants. The bluebirds have been on and off the top of the bird house - and better yet, in and out of the bird house! We're trying not to get too excited since other pairs of bluebirds have done the same thing, but what makes this especially interesting is that this pair has been doing this almost non-stop for the past three or four hours. This certainly would help us get over our empty nest syndrome!

Here's a not-terribly-clear picture of the male bluebird atop the birdhouse. I tried zooming in from inside our kitchen window that overlooks the deck and garden.

picture of new tenant?

I'll keep you posted on whether they set up housekeeping....


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Sunrise, Sunset


Well, I came home from school today to find the bird house empty. The chicks have all left. We hope we'll see them around the yard. Time will tell.

It's been a really fun experience that we hope will be repeated. In the meantime, we're coping with real "empty nest syndrome."


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Day 11 – 4 and Still Holding


The chicks are growing and maturing so quickly! There are 4 of them and still holding - almost literally! We have read that it's an old wives' tale that the parents will reject babies that have been touched by humans. We've also read that chickadees can be tamed to a certain extent. So yesterday I started to pet their little heads and backs and talk to them gently. We'll see how tame they get as I try to hold them a little.

Below is a picture of them this afternoon on day 11.

picture of chicks on day 11


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Day 9 – Then There Were 4


When I came home yesterday (Friday) and went out to view the babies, I was saddened to see one lying upside down, apparently dead. By this morning his little body had gone somewhere - where, I do not know. But anyway, here's what the other four looked like this morning....

picture of just 4 chicks on day 9

They are looking more and more like chickadees each day. What a fun process to be able to observe!


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Day 7


I decided to see how the zoom feature on our digital camera would work on something already up close. Here's a close-up picture of the babies on day 7....

picture of chicks on day 7


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