Yesterday, I noticed something was very different in The Nest. Momma was hanging out and not going off the find food as often. She hung out at the nest with her little ones nearly all day. And she was chatting up a storm! I felt certain that she was explaining that the nest is just a small part of their existance, that they will someday soon be strong enough to leave the nest and go make a life for themselves. I imagined she was teaching them how to hunt for food and how to clean themselves and how to fly and how to make a nest of their own in which to raise their own little babies.
Check out this meal fit for a bird. She's holding a worm and a kicking grasshopper in her little mouth. Nice work!
This morning, I looked outside and sure enough, there's only one bird left in the nest. I had actually figured that the two strong ones would leave first, that this little runt of the pack would be left behind until he/she could grow big and strong. And sure enough, he's still there.
Here's the little one. He's only half the size of his siblings. I really hope he makes it. I don't know much about birds, so I don't know if this is typical or not. I was worried that maybe the momma would abandon him, but she hasn't! I saw her bring a hearty meal to her little gu today. YAY!!!
After a little while of sitting there, he got all excited and started hopping up the branch. I was sure that he knew Momma was on her way with his turn for a meal. It's really cute to hear them talking to each other.And then she was off again. But not before beckoning her little one to hop from branch to branch to follow her. He can fly a little, but not for long. You can tell that he's new at this, but I'm just so impressed that he can do it at all! What a trooper.