May 30, 2008

MARTINS, MARTINS EVERYWHERE!!!

It’s crazy! I look up and one after another baby is on the porch and giving flying a go. Its absolutely great. The 6×6 compartment in the plastic barn is venturing out. They are at 30 days old and plenty ready. I think it’s great that they made it so long. 5 big fat babies in a tiny 6×6 compartment. The mom is looking ratty and is missing a large patch of feathers on the back of her neck. The compartment has a crescent opening so it may be from her habit of sitting in the door way; head out.

Then as I was standing below the housing taking pictures I look down and there was a tiny Mockingbird nestling, begging for food. Its big pink mouth opening and waiting. I picked it up and put it back in its nest. Mom and her(?) 3 other nest mates, didn’t seem to miss her too much. I’ll have to keep my eye open on that one. That baby mockingbird would have been snake food for sure. Between the snakes, crows, hawks¬†and the cats, it would not have made it through till tomorrow. Ugly little thing…but soooo cute.

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