Sunday, May 30, 2010

Delights of Spring

I put up a nest box near my patio this year and a pair of Carolina Chickadees settled in.  I was delighted to find six hatched young when I checked the box on May 3rd after being away for a week at the New River Birding and Nature festival in West Virginia.
They were amazingly tiny, piled on top of each other, naked and pink.  But boy, did they change rapidly.  

I was lucky enough to be home sixteen days later when they each took their first flight.  This was a surprise. No fluttering stops and starts on the wing.  After a brief hesitation at the box opening, they just one-by-one took flight, zipping up to an oak's mid-canopy to waiting parents who rewarded with snacks.

Landing, on the other hand, was a different matter.  One fledgling grabbed a thatch of twigs for his landing and ended up upside down.  He looked down and around, as if to say, oops Mom, what now?

Sketch:  watercolor, ink and gouache on 9x6 pastel tonal paper.

4 comments:

  1. You got me! The picture took a while to load and I was expecting cute, fluffy little delights. LOL!

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  2. Thanks for the laugh, Joyce. Sketching them was like sketching little martians--foreign shapes. They are in a helpless little pile when they are newly hatched and its hard to tell where they begin and end.

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  3. An awesome sketch, Vickie! You are so talented! Carolina Chickadee chicks!!! how wonderful :-)

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  4. These are adorable! I love your sketch! Particularly the big, googley eyes!

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Welcome! I am glad to hear your comments, questions and feedback! Vickie

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