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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Baby Cardinals & Other Art News

We've finally started seeing baby cardinals out back (click photo for larger image. All 3 cardinals there are young'ns.) Last year we saw them--many of them--as soon as they'd fledged, when their parents still had to feed them & teach them how to open sunflower seeds. The young would flutter their wings rapidly, needing attention. This year it seems we've missed out on that step. Many of the chicks already have color (including the red one in this photo.) Although I'm always glad to see any chicks, I'm slightly bummed to have missed the earliest stages of their post-fledged development. We don't have nearly as many chicks this year, either. I suspect that the clearing of a neighboring lot about 6 weeks ago might have had something to do with that.
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I got the panel and paints for the Friends of the Park project I mentioned in my last post. Unfortunately I didn't get much paint & much of it's not really shades I need. I've left a message to see if it'd be okay if I just go ahead & buy my own paint. I can tell that they're trying to be sure that all of the participants have the same supplies, but surely they won't complain if I'm willing to spend my own money in order to do a better job & make my life easier.

In other news, I'll have a couple of paintings on display (& for sale,) in the Bayou Lacombe Art Center tent at the upcoming Lacombe Crab Cook-Off Festival. I'm also volunteering at the event on June 28th, from 11 a.m. 'til 2 p.m. C'mon down if you're in the area--we can get crabs together!

16 comments:

Travis said...

I can't imagine they would object to you donating paint to the project, so you could paint in the colors that you want.

laughingwolf said...

lol ...those crabs i don't mind sharing, lana ;)

too bad i'm so far away, i'd volunteer with you

as for supplying your own paints, they may bitch and moan, but can't complain when it comes out of your wallet....

david mcmahon said...

Hi Lana,

I'd love to photograph cardinals.

Just a thought - you would really enjoy the bird blog pictures of Old Man Lincoln ....

Say G'day to Charles for me.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I'm sorry we didn't see any of the wing fluttering. maybe when the woodpeckers start feeding their babies.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

It has been a strange year for the order of things! We have a cardinal pair around here that dance when the cat gets too close to a certain tree. They need not worry - he has the reflexes of a tortoise.... unless being chased by the Rotti next door! I am sure I'll get bitten on the head when I am sleeping for that one! ;)

Shauna Roberts said...

That's really a shame you've missed that wing-fluttering stage. I've been getting a lot of laughs from watching our newly fledged finches beg from their parents even though they're standing by a dish of sunflower seeds or hanging on the finch feeder.

Billy said...

I always love the Crab Queen. What a title.

I am seeing cardinals for the first time this year since Katrina.

Monique said...

Always love to see those babies. I have loads around me, Jays, sparrows, starlings, goldfinches, robins, blackbirds etc, and they all successfully brought up their chicks. We also have every spring a television programme called spring watch. I always love watching that.

Steve Malley said...

Awww, baby birds! No cardinals here (woodpeckers, either) (come to think of it, squirrels, roaches, snakes, etc. neither)(um, where was I? Oh, yes!) but we are getting a very nice procession of black swans, Canadian geese, various ducks including the NZ native blue duck (the Wiho) and a lot of fantails and silvereye.

They pass through on their way north for the winter. (North for the winter... sounds strange, don't it?)

(Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to my Parantheses Anonymous meeting)

Travis Erwin said...

I have seen baby cardinals in my area as well.

Crayons said...

Hi Lana,
dang. I've been looking for baby birds in our neighborhood. I found a few hatched shells, but no birds. Am I not looking in the right places? Maybe our cat, Phoebe, has caught them all.

Contragulations on the art project!

mon@rch said...

I can't wait till my baby cardinals start showing up! Bravo

Erik Donald France said...

Cure cardinals. Good luck with the arts projects and yum on the crab festival!

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis & Laughingwolf; I imagine it'll be okay. I just know they've done their best to ensure that everyone's got the same stuff & I don't want to step on any toes.

David; Lincoln's blog's been on my roll for months now, actually. I visit regularly. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Have you ever checked out Gail Rainwater's blog? Awesome photos!

Charles; Fingers crossed...

Michelle; *LOL on the cat's reflexes (or lack thereof!)*

Shauna; Yes...it's so entertaining! I'll hope to catch the woodpeckers--they're so totally clumsy as chicks!

Billy; For the 1st time since Katrina...really? Wow. I know the storm devastated local bird populations in general. Nice to hear they're returning to your area, at any rate!

Monique; I think our bird feeding's been so successful that it's attracted the mandatory variety of predators. Balance & all that.

Steve; *LOL @ parenthesis anonymous!* I'd love to see more of your wildlife, but I know you're terribly busy. I'm still getting used to the fact that robins aren't Spring birds anymore. Here in the South, they (& many others,) are Winter visitors.

Travis; 'Tis the season. :)

Caroline; Thanks for the congrats! As for looking in the right places, I never saw many chicks before I started feeding birds, myself. If they weren't in my own backyard, I might not have ever noticed them, myself, y'know?

Mon@rch; They're such a delight, even if we DID miss the dependent stage.

Erik; Thank you!

Barbara Martin said...

Lana, have you seen the wild birds teach their young to fly?

I have a breeding pair of lovebirds; the male teaches the youngsters to fly. From the living room I know the lessons have begun when the crashes start. The chicks will have all their feathers, yet until they can fly the length of the cage (sits on top of an old coffee table, same length and depth, but 4 feet high) they always fall between the perches. They get a look of despair when poppa encourages them again, and its as if they know they'll fall once again and they don't really want to try anymore. But they do, and within a week to 10 days they are able to land on the swing.

Lana Gramlich said...

Barbara; Yes, I saw it with blue jays when I was very young & later when my ex & I raised all different kinds of game birds. They're precious.

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