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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Some Recent Chicks

One of these blue jays is a chick (it still does the "feed me" wing fluttering & chases its parents around.) The cardinals are all young. There are many more than this, but they're so all over I can't get them all in one shot.
Even the crows come by (on occassion) with their brood. There were two more, seeming to act as lookouts, out of range of this shot.
This young cardinal is starting to show his maleness.
I can't resist putting up another picture that includes the red bellied woodpecker chick. He's just adorable.

22 comments:

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

What darling photos, Lana. The young cardinal must be having fun being out on his own. I have seen the trembly wings of young birds when they first leave the nest. So cute!!!

Hugs, JJ

laughingwolf said...

much better to watch than anything on tv, lana... thank you :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, the woodpecker is a cutie. I wish we'd see the two little racoons again.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Love the pictures....
Today our guest in the backyard was a black bear cub....

Marvin said...

Thanks for more great shots from the Abita Spring Aviary. :-)

Bernita said...

A cardinal's call is one of the few bird songs I can imitate.
To see one in late winter is like a shock of joy.

Shauna Roberts said...

Awwwwwwww! So cute!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

I do believe we have cardinals in the nearby park and mill pond.

I don't know how anything so red can avoid molestation.

Have I got the right bird?

They make a sound, like,"Greener, greener greener."

Well what do I know?

There are hoodlms in the park.

"Come over here, bird watcher. I'll show you "Greener, greener greeer."

Lana Gramlich said...

jj; We love this time of year. I just noticed this morning, though, that the woodpecker chick may be too nervy for his own good. Nothing scares him off--not even a big mama raccoon. It may be his undoing...

laughingwolf; Agreed. Completely!

charles; I'm sure we'll see more of the raccoons. You may regret saying that, actually. *L*

michelle; I would love to see that (from my house, not outside! Surely mama wasn't far away!)

marvin; Anytime. These days it's the Abita Springs nursery (& cardinal emporium, as always. *L*)

bernita; You'd love it here at the cardinal emporium, then. They're year-round visitors, usually anywhere from 8-20 in our yard at a time.

shauna; They're all so precious!

ivan; I have a hard time translating English into bird & vice versa, but you can listen to a cardinal's calls here.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,
Hope you and Charles had a great fourth! I'm in your part of the world and about to melt. Anyway, love the new beautiful pictures -- the birds are adorable!

Anndi said...

Such sweet little creatures!

letspaintnature.com said...

I love your bird pics, you always have such a nice variety! The "feed me" wing flutter is sooooo cute, isn't it?

Erik Donald France said...

Something about that second shot is especially evocative of movement and latent movement. Stunning, really.

Steve Malley said...

Such beauty!

debra said...

Great photos, Lana. I love the photos of the chicks. We recently took the train through the Cuyahoga Valley and saw an eaglet in his nest. Magnificent! He fledged this week---so cool!

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Lisa said...

You have such beautiful birdie neighbors, Lana!
Thank you for sharing. :)

Christina said...

I love birds! They are so funny. In Arizona we'd watch crows cleaning berries in gutter water. Funny, but I don't really remember seeing crows out here in California. In Flagstaff the crows were as big as house cats. It was a little scary.

Lynda Lehmann said...

How wonderful, Lana, to see so much wildlife around you all the time!

How do you know so much about bird behavior? You must read about it, as well as observe...?

Natural said...

the blue bird is beautiful and the red is just stunning. great that you can get a picture of them both.

Lana Gramlich said...

All; A thousand pardons! I've been too busy lately to respond to many comments (nevermind maintaining the blog with much of a level of quality.) I appreciate the input, of course!

Lynda; I've been birdwatching since I was knee high to a grasshopper, actually. I also raised game birds (& others) with my ex for almost a decade. I guess it's a combination, though, of observing & researching.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Since I don't get red-bellieds at my house (though they are in the area), I especially enjoyed your last shot!

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