Parental Duties

Like any responsible parent who just had a child, Mama and Papa have switched over to parent-mode as the eggs certainly have hatched.

4/9

Thanks to the Blue jays who made quite a racket, otherwise, I would have not seen Papa standing behind me on a light pole.

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Papa didn’t stay long as he had to do his duties.  First, a stop at the Pine tree to get some pine needles.  I’m not sure if that stuff at the base of the pine needles (pine cone?) is used by the Red-tails, but I’ve been seeing them pick pine needles with that stuff lately.

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After the pine needle drop off, it was off to hunt.  But first, a pit stop at the statue and the Wells Fargo.

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Meanwhile, Mama started feeding the new kids on the block.

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April 10

Mama was in the nest, not feeding, but just keeping the kids warm although it wasn’t cold. In fact, it was a nice 65 degree morning.  A far cry from the 30 degree temps of last week.

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I waited for Papa to show up with food, but minutes passed and nothing.  Then I saw a Mockingbird diving at ‘something’ on a light pole.   I couldn’t see clearly what that Mockingbird was upset about because of the trees, but could it be?

Find Papa in this next image

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I ran up to the light pole and … yes, it is

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Papa flew to the nearby tree and a Blue jay took over the duties of harassing Papa.  The Blue jays were relentless.  Now I think that bald patch/injury on Papa’s head was caused by Blue jays repeated pecking and scratching.

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Papa flew off and while I chased Papa, Mama seemed to have food in the nest and started feeding the younglings.

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She later took off with the food, perhaps to grab a bite herself.

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As I left the nest area, I saw Mama fly back to the nest with food.  I guess the younglings are more important. Way to go, Mama.

Ciao

JP

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