Early Morning Visit

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”.

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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! 🙂

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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

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Blyken flew in from the south west and entered from the back of the nest.  The nesting adult (Papa) took off.

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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.

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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 :(.

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Less than 2 weeks to go before the eggs hatch.

This should be exciting.

Stay tuned!

Ciao!

JP

 

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