On Saturday afternoon the Pacific Slope Flycatcher chicks were flapping their wings, while both parents were encouraging the chicks to try flying. Near sunset however both chicks settled back down into the nest and Lady Flycatcher fed them several times as darkness fell.
Sunday morning the practice flapping and parental encouraging continued. Both parents took a break and flew off, so I got the camera and got on the ladder and got the last picture of the chicks (above). The parents suddenly returned and peeped, and both chicks just as suddenly flew out of the nest, and into adulthood. They had no trouble at all flying, moving fast, straight and unhesitating. The parents looked around for a while, and then they too flew away.
I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the patio.
It had gone for about a month unswept and all the plants, mostly succulents, had gone unwatered, all so that the eggs could hatch and the chicks develop undisturbed. Not really any bird droppings; the Flycatchers were remarkably tidy.
The onion crop sat out curing on the shady patio a little longer than it should have, but there were still plenty of good onions to store and use. Dry dry onion skins and onion leaves scattered all over.
A couple of Bromeliads and rooted cuttings in pots died of thirst, but anything succulent seems okay.
I think those were Begonias, but it's easy to root new ones.
The Albuca did not survive, but it should have never been in that pot anyway. My bad. The beheaded 'Paul Bunyan' Echeveria rerooted itself without a problem and looks summer-lovely.
Aeonium 'Sunburst' is still looking good too.
And I was wondering if I would get a shot of the Oncidium flowers--the Flycatcher parents were using the Maple the orchid lives on as a main perching area, so I let them be. Got a shot, finally.
I was a little disappointed at never getting a great picture of the chicks, but that they fledged successfully seems far more important. It's nice to have the patio back, too.
Today I finally got ambitious enough to set up the camera on a tripod pointed out the front window at the urn fountain. I put an old sheet up over the window to hide myself and and placed the camera lens through a tear in the sheet and got some bird pictures. The placement of the camera still needs adjustment, but some of the pictures are not bad.
Male Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus:
The Western/California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica, is fun to watch as it gets soaking wet splashing water everywhere
Here we go!
That's so refreshing!
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus (?) and...
Juvenile House Finch?