Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

And Then They Were Gone

I knew it was going to happen, but I didn't think it would be so soon...three hours after I posted the picture of the 5 chicks yesterday, this is what remained...one undeveloped egg.
I have to admit, I was extremely disappointed that I missed watching the chicks fly away...but I was really happy that Johny had put our critter cam up so we could capture what was happening in the nest.  This is a video I created with the photos taken from 2:07pm - 3:15pm...you can see a few chicks in the nest being coaxed by mama to spread their wings and you actually see the very last chick contemplating it's next step before being gone (unfortunately you don't actually see them fly away)If you receive my blog posts by email, you may need to click on the title link to see this video.

I thought you might be curious to see the whole nest.  At first I thought the opening was at the top of the nest but now see it is on the side, creating a door so to speak with a lovely little cocoon for the chicks...

The Pipevine Swallowtail also emerged...I noticed it yesterday as well...looks like an ant is enjoying the remains...

Yesterday must have been an amazing day for much of life...I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to watch so much of life "happening" every day!  Life is good:)

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Richard Lawry said...

One year we had a Phoebe raise a family on one of the blades of the ceiling fan on our back porch. My son taped he fan switch down so no one could accidentally turn the fan on. Even though the fan was right by the back door, the mama Phoebe never seemed to mind.
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Osage Bluff Quilter said...

And then they were gone . . . I know how that is. Sarah and baby Connor were here from Saturday until just before noon today :(

A Colorful World said...

Lots of fascinating wildlife for you to enjoy! We had a hummingbird nest on our porch once many years ago and watched the babies fledge...too neat!

Dad/Pepere said...

Love the photos and the drama! Hugs!

Lise said...

richies, I love when nature comes into our living space...fascinating. I don't think we've seen them here at our cabin, though I hear their song in the woods.

Oh Patti, I'm sure you are missing them...I hope you had a wonderful visit together!

We are fortunate Marie, I love watching all the wildlife around us...I bet watching a hummingbird nest is fascinating!

Thanks dad! Hugs back:)