The Ciel Show

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Goodbye, Doves!

The birds have left the deck. Whether they stay away remains to be seen. Anyone interested in seeing the whole series of photos in proper order, the album is here: Sign in to see full entry.

One Dove Report

Yesterday, one of the dove younglings hit the sky and has not returned. The other left the deck, but settled in the nook between the back of the truck's hood and the windshield. When I had to go out, and when at that same moment it began to hail (!) I extracted the unwilling thing and carried it through the house to return it to the deck. It's still there this morning. The temps are back near freezing, so I checked this morning, and while it didn't much like my hand reaching out, it did hop on... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

And the fledglings have flown!

There was one sitting on the wall of the protected area, until it spotted Embers spotting it... Embers went into a crouch, and the bird simply flew away! Charlie further reports that while I was out having my eye doc appt, and he was busy loading the truck to carry a batch of stuff to the storage this afternoon, one of the little doves was sitting on the truck's windshield the whole time, unperturbed. It will be most interesting to see if they make a habit of this place! Meanwhile, the eye doc... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bird report

The nestlings are now fledglings, moving out of the nest, considering actually going to the floor where seeds are scattered among wood shavings and dry grass. Here, also, is the newly occupied bird house, though I have yet to get a shot of the residents in residence. Or on residence, as there will be no spying on the interior of this nest! The parent doves have taken up station on the roof. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Birds birds birds and comedy

The nestlings are still a-nest, parents still attending to them, and the flicker, as it turns out, has made another fine hole beside the box Charlie made, and just this morning I noticed that a pair of sparrows have been stuffing that decorative old birdhouse you might have seen in my deck garden photos, full of grass. Here's a picture with it beside the bougainvillea, last summer. That birdhouse caught my eye at a market years ago, and has never yet had anyone move in,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I did some reading about dove breeding...

From hatchling to nestling to fledgeling... The nestling phase is about to end, when these two youngsters, one way or another, exit the nest. They normally spend around 4 very vulnerable days on the ground, before taking flight. While these two won't be on the literal ground, they will be on the floor of the deck, so we've begun to prepare it for them to be safe from the winds and from predatious birds, and to also learn a thing or two about finding food on the ground. We have started setting up... Sign in to see full entry.

Birds Report

Last night, the winds came. One thing can be counted on in Colorado Springs: heavy, porch furniture-toppling gusty wind storms that last for hours and knock the heck out of an unprotected garden. As I slept unevenly through it, I repeatedly reminded myself that the nest on the light fixture is very firmly attached, and is probably more secure than one in a tree, being whipped around everywhichway. The chicks are fine this morning, they didn't blow away, I am glad to report. Yesterday afternoon,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 17, 2017

digging through the photo archives

Here's a little treat of some more garden deck views, some NZ birds, and some abstracts: context removed, some of these are tricky to identify! Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New photos of the hatchlings

I've reprised the whole string of dove photos from first seeing her perched on the light fixture to this morning's picture of the hatchlings, so you can see how they've grown! You can see the new feathers developing, too. Sign in to see full entry.

Morning has broken...

I've always loved that Cat Stevens song... Last night as I went to bed, I heard the wonderful distant roll of thunder and smelled that thunderstorm aroma on the air... Rain fell for a while, clearing dust from the air and the trees and everything, the thunder rumbled once more, and there was not much but very quiet drama to lull me to sleep. The sun this Easter morning rises over the freshly dusted... Sign in to see full entry.

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