Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The fledglings...

...and Texture Tuesday Nature e-dition

It has happened every year for the past 4 years.
Frankie and I look forward to it every spring wondering if the fledgelings from the previous year will return and continue the tradition of bringing their own "babies" to our backyard oasis where there's an endless supply of stale bread and leftover meats and fats. 
The signs were there that Mama Raven had her little ones as we see her & her mate so sparingly.
I got the text yesterday.
Mama Raven had come to introduce not 1, not 2, not even 3...but 4 fledglings! Like any new and proud parent (or total nature nerd) shared the news with co-workers and any one else that would listen! 


So, the early a.m. feedings begin! 
Seriously, these babies have very unique and unmistakable squeaks and squawks and announced themselves at 5 a.m. And just like a new mommy that runs to her baby because of hunger, I ran downstairs to gather the leftovers-all the while the babies sit form their perch and wait for me to put food in their feeder. I slip back into the house, return to my seat at the kitchen table and watch with wonder and humility that I get to witness another year of one of Mother Nature's most glorious gift. 

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12 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to be able to observe these fascinating birds up close! wonderful captures!

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  2. How wonderful! We had two families of chickadees that fledged the birdhouses on our property this Spring. Endlessly entertaining to watch how mom encourages her babies to fly isn't it?!

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  3. Wonderful post! Absolutely beautiful raven. Congratulations on getting to witness the new family.

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  4. Not one year goes by when I don't feel so blessed to witness this little miracle.
    For us, most of the time, it's bluebirds and barn swallows.
    These are wonderful photos, Kelly!

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  5. How cool is that you get to see this year after year, that is just so awesome, great captures Kelly. Oh and I loved your comment on my blog. :)

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  6. We are avid bird watchers here and I so enjoyed this post. Imagine Raven's in your yard - what a marvel! Great photos that truly showcase nature.

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  7. How wonderful to have such a spectacle in your backyard! And I find ravens such fascinating birds. But I am not sure if I would manage to get up at 5am...

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  8. This is so cute what you do for those babies!

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  9. Terrific post, Kelly! Ravens are fantastic. My owls are back in my tall, tall trees, and the geese are back at the pond. I can't wait to see the owlets, along with the goslings at the pond. Mother Nature at her best! Aloha

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  10. Wonderful shots! I These are such fascinating birds and you captured them so gorgeous! So great that you can watch them every year in your backyard!

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