Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Sunday, June 26, 2011

They’re Growing!

It won’t be long now before they are able to fly and forage food for themselves.

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Interesting that Mother was close by watching as I took this picture and didn’t make a noise or dive bomb me. I was glad. I would have a hard time explaining how a little Mockingbird knocked me off the top of a step ladder.

This will be the last picture of the baby birds as in a very short amount of time they may jump from the nest if I get this close to them. Time to let the parents complete their job of bringing new life into this world.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome New State Birds

A lot of activity with the Mockingbirds this morning. For good reason!

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They must have hatched during the night as activity yesterday was normal.

It’s interesting to watch the parents. One will stay close and guard the nest while the other goes hunting food for the new chicks.

Welcome to Texas and our front yard. Hope they like hot dry weather. Nine days of 100 degrees or better so far for the month of June.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Our Future Family

I was sitting on the front porch and noticed some activity in the young Red Oak tree. Sure enough I see Ms. Mockingbird moving around in her nest.

While mowing the yard that morning I thought I felt something brush against my head as I mowed under this tree. When I looked up I saw a Mockingbird flying away but I dismissed it as a brush from a limb that I went under. Maybe not.

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As I watched her I wondered if I could get a picture of the nest and contents without the protective mother getting too upset. As we all know a Mockingbird can be very aggressive especially around their nest.

I set up the step ladder so I could get high enough to get a good view inside of the nest. Luckily Ms. Mocking bird was away far enough she didn’t notice me getting a picture of her home and future chicks.

This will be interesting to see how many photos I will be able to get after the chicks hatch.