Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tree Swallows Leave Nest

You may recall from the previous post, we've been watching the comings and goings of a pair of tree swallows this spring and summer. First, there was the courting and choosing of a suitable apartment, then came the nest-building and egg laying. Later came the rebuilding and starting over after another bird got in and destroyed the first clutch of eggs.

Time passed. We started hearing baby cheep-cheeps and as the young ones matured, they began poking their little heads out for a look at their new world, always waiting with open beaks for the next tasty insect.

Today hubby was in the right place at the right time to actually see the inaugural flight of the two fledglings as first one, then the other launched from the box, taking to the air like pros as they followed their parents up into the blue yonder. We didn't catch it on film, but I just had to tell you!

Such a special day,

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday SkyWatch

The Red-wing Blackbirds in our area have trained their young families well. Everyday we have a little flock arriving for snacks at the bird feeders. The adult males always announce their arrival when they land in our yard, while the females slip in quieter ... and more shyly.

We sighted a pair of young ones resting in the mountain ash as we were sipping our morning coffee earlier today. As soon as I caught them on camera, they flew off. Just like babies, they know when to pose!

It's a beautiful summery day here in northerly Alberta. The morning calmness has worn off as lawn mowers roar off in the distance and my vacuum cleaner has a small workout closer to home.

Soon it will be time to sip something cool on my lounge chair in the garden with a stack of books.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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