Teasing Little Bird Out

Donna Ridgway

Vaughn, United States

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I’ve been watching these swallows in the yard as they built their little family and grew it into birds that could fly. They began with a very busy, noisy, mating season, chose this bird house for a nest, laid eggs, and hatched out two babies. For days and days, the mom and dad brought bugs, 6-12 bugs an hour. Yesterday and the day before, I noticed them bringing bugs less often. They finally got down to bringing a bug an hour! The babies were getting more and more demanding, and more and more hungry.

Finally, today, when I was watching, the birds would come in with a bug, and hover right before this baby! He was sitting on the very edge of the hole, with his feet gripping the wood, which he’d never done before. And I think they decided it was time for him to fly.

As the parent bird hovered, with a bug, right before his very eyes, he’d try everything he could do to get that bug. The parent flew off in a big circle, and came back to hover again. The third time this happened, he left the nest! He flew like he’d done it all his life!

The parent flew with him, and kept him in the air for so long, I knew the baby had to be exhausted. Finally, the parent bird, led the baby to an electric wire, which was high off the ground.

Baby perched there for what seemed like forever. The mom and dad started flying round him, coaxing him to join them once again in flight. He refused! The dad bird went high into the air, dive bomed the baby, and bonked the baby off the wire!

I’ve seen a lot of wonderful things in nature, but this is the first time I’ve ever got to watch a pair of birds teach their little one to leave the nest and fly.

This time, as the little bird flew, they lead him to a stand of several cottonwood trees. When that baby was safe in the trees, the mom bird hunted down a bug and tried to get the remaining baby to leave the nest….no go. This baby is the timid one, and for now she prefers to remain where she knows she’s safe!

I don’t suppose I’ll be so lucky as to see her leave the nest, but you can bet I’ll be watching!

My friend, and fellow photographer, Gisela Scheider has walked me through the process of learning the menus on my camera, and I’m slowly figuring out how to use it’s settings. Without her help, I wouldn’t have got these nice photos of the swallows! Thanks Gisela!

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