Between work and weather, I haven’t had much time nor luck to catch our Red-tailed friends. Unusually cold weather has prompted the nest-dutied Red-tail to hunker down, often resulting in images of “nothing but tail”.
Some days the nest is just really quiet and the only ‘noise’ is from a typewriter-like clacking coming from a Magnolia tree by the Capitol. Who’s that typing? It’s this little fella and boy, can he type! 🙂
But, as often is the case, patience is rewarded. I haven’t seen much of Blynken in the past 2 weeks and I’ve wondered if he’s moved on. Today proved that he has not and he’s probably not leaving till he’s 18! 🙂
Early morning visit
Blyken flew in from the south west and entered from the back of the nest. The nesting adult (Papa) took off.
Hmmm…. I thought, great! They’ve hired a nanny!. No such luck as Blynken took off just seconds after Papa did, leaving the eggs exposed to the cold. Irresponsible? Oh, well, maybe not Blynk’s ‘job’ title 🙂
side note: something seems to be stuck to the side of Blynken’s beak. Hopefully, it’s just a feather and not some sort of injury.
The eggs can NOT be left exposed to this cold weather and less than a minute later, one of the adults flew in to take over the nesting duties. I’m not sure who it was as I was busy ‘chimping’ on my camera. and only saw the ‘tail’ end of the landing :(.
Less than 2 weeks to go before the eggs hatch.
This should be exciting.