Thursday, May 06, 2010
one more thing before turning the page
First, the weather was glorious. Cool nights, warm days, clear skies and no humidity! It was truly an amazing week to enjoy the porch, the breezes, the view and no responsibility. We had a good deal of wind a couple of days, making it too cool to be out on the porch for long, but any discontent as a result was compensated by every other aspect of good weather. It was a dream week.
brown thrashers had built a nest deep in the branches of a banana shrub. During our two weeks at Melrose we kept vigil as she hovered over and protected her eggs. When the eggs hatched several days before our departure we couldn't keep ourselves away from peering out the windows and straining to set our sights on the next where the wee birds opened wide beaks, eager for food. It was difficult to get any pictures, since focusing on the birds was hindered by the layers of branches and leaves seeking the attention of the camera lens. The best shots I could manage of papa thrasher for identification purposes were these, and the nest, well, click to enlarge and use your imagination. To the right of mama in a bit of a blur you can make out the black down of one of the babies, nearly indistinguishable from the shadows of the nest.
The report from Mom last night is that the fledglings have now left the nest. How quickly they came, captured our hearts and attention, and now seek life on their own. We live in an amazing world.