Of course I knew the baby Chickadees had hatched. I’ve been watching mamma fly back and forth getting food for the youngins for weeks now, and every day their chirping was getting louder and louder so it was only a matter of time before they would leave the nest. Yesterday turned out to be that day and for the first time I not only had the privilege of witnessing it, I actually got a few pictures as well.
I was fascinated at how the mother gets the birds to leave the nest. She nourishes them with some food, letting them eat a bit, but then she flies off with the rest. Basically letting her baby know that if they want more, they will have to come out and get it!
This process went on for an hour or more, mamma coaxing out each one. I had counted 10 so far, but then there was this one, which turned out to be the last one out of the nest.
Momma brought him a bit to eat, having to reach in a bit more with him than the others.
He was clearly apprehensive. He kept sticking his head out, trying to conquer his fear, but then backed away. After he looked down, he really seemed frightened.
So mamma brought a little more food for him…does she look a little frustrated here to you?! Well, it finally worked this time.
He stuck his whole body out and leaped! Here is our little guy sitting on the branch. So cute!
In order to fly we must first nourish our soul, which often requires a leap of faith 🙂
Hope your week has been splendid.