Snuggling with Mama

April 15

Mama was sitting in the nest but was not feeding.  It was very quiet as I waited for Papa to show up with breakfast, but he didn’t.

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Instead, I saw this running around the capitol.  Hmm…. who let the deer out? 🙂

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By noon time, Papa flew in and landed on at tree across from the nest.  I guess he was waiting for Mama to take off.  Nope, no food, but Papa was full. Just look at the bulge on his breast.

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As Mama took off, Papa flew onto the column next to the nest and stood guard.  Minutes later, Mama flew back in with some nesting material

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Seeing the nest was secure, Papa flew off

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April 16

A thick, early morning fog shrouded the area around downtown which made it a little tough to take pictures.  The Blue jays were quite hyper, but I didn’t see Papa around.

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Mama took off for a stretch and landed on the Capitol’s flag pole.

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Moments later, she took off with still no sign of Papa.

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At lunch time, there was no food delivery, but Papa was at the top of the Wells, then flew to a flagpole by the Revenue building, then back to the Wells.

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Finally, Mama flew off and landed on the anthemion.  Yes, that is the right term and not crown.  Thanks, Terra!

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Papa took over the guardianship while Mama stretched.

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Papa stands guard

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Finally, a first look at the first bobble eyas.  Look at the white ‘head’ next to Mama.   The folks at the Revenue Building have also confirmed seeing at least 1 white head pop in and out of the nest.

Snuggling with Mama

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How many eyasses are in the nest?  We don’t know for sure at this time.

More to come!

Ciao

JP

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