Saturday, May 30, 2009

The End Of The Story

What motivates the last one to leave the nest? After all, there's pl-en-ty of room in there now that the other two are gone. Mom's still feeding the others, as they venture into the surrounding trees. Won't she continue to bring your share to the old place? Hm. You can certainly hear both parents chirping up a storm of encouragement as the last little guy stands uncertainly on the branch above, looking around before taking his leap of faith.
And quite a leap it was! At 7:45 this morning, just a moment after I snapped this, he jumped up and flew about eight feet....directly into the side of the neighbor's house! (oh, ouchie...) But he's okay! As you can see from this movie, he got right up and hopped under a bush. The screechy chirps, very audible at the end, are the parents, yelling at him in a firm but loving way.

And that's it, I suppose. Probably won't see them again. Let's hope they beat the odds and all make it through the summer. Thanks for the experience, guys!


Clytie said...

And I thank YOU for the experience! What a unique blessing to be in this sweet little family's house for a while, watching them grow up and fly the coop, so to speak. I have thoroughly enjoyed this "reality" show.

Beth Niquette said...

Wow...thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. I tell ya, I LOVED it!

I agree with Clytie--it has been a unique blessing. Thank you!