Thursday, June 19, 2014

Birdie Mamas

The past few days have been a lot of fun.  I have been watching the parent birds helping their little ones discover all manner of seeds and bits of bread that we put out in the feeders.  All the little ones are flying well now but there are a couple of small sparrows that seem a bit slower to grasp the food searching component of life.  Mom still has to lead them to the seeds, feed them herself and then try to interest them in recognizing that these seeds are the actual source of sustenance.  One of the teeniest sparrows I have ever seen discovered yesterday that it could jump off the ledge of the birdbath and get right in the water with mom.  Mom splashed water up onto the wee one and then it got into the act for itself, splashing joyously for a good long time.  Very cute! 

The new mourning doves have finally learned to find the bird bath and get drinks for themselves and are now nearly completely self sufficient.

Teeny tiny finch babies abound and are so bright eyed and alert as they learn to sit on the feeder arms to find their own seeds more now.

It will be interesting to find out which of these new birds are males and which are females as they grow and their gender colouring becomes more apparent.

This is the first time I have been able to watch the parenting process of our birds.  The absence of great flocks of crows and ravens this year from our part of town has made a grand difference to the number of hatched eggs and the chance for the baby birds to grow up and become independent instead of becoming prey for larger birds.  There haven't been any hawks or falcons around our trees lately either. The 2 cats who are occasionally on the loose and are so good at keeping the mouse and rat population under control on our street have not been out as much lately so we haven't lost too many birds to them this spring.

I didn't know until we came here how interesting it is to watch all the birds.  I always thought that bird watchers were maybe just a tiny bit "cuckoo"??  haha Now I have joined their ranks in enjoying these delightful creatures. 

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