Saturday, November 26, 2016

Growing up

Welcome

It is late spring here in the Antipodes and we have had a starling box in the back yard for several years now - this year the pair started early, and hatched two chicks.

Of late we have seen more and more of the chicks sitting looking out of the hole, and one chick will let me get quite close before they duck back in.

I took these photos from a distance on full zoom, to be sure the chick would not hide, and unfortunately one is a bit fuzzy.


The marks around the hole are from the parents feathers when they hold onto the edge of the hole to feed the chicks


I think it will not be long before the chicks fledge, and then the back yard will be very quiet!!
The neighbours have two boxes, but their birds were much later to breed, so we will still have some starlings around, amongst the other birds.

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18 comments:

MiamiKel said...

Aw, how wonderful Maxine! Such a sweet thing, birdies in their nests and boxes :) And congratulations on your win over at Becca's place blog! Woot, woot!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

It's fun to share with parts of Gods creation, too, isn't it Maxine? Well done on having them breed too.

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Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

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aussie aNNie said...

Oh my goodness, God's creation is adorable...thanks for sharing the pic.xxx.xx {aNNie}

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Awwww... sweet photos!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

So lovely - thanks for sharing Maxine!

Gerrina said...

These photos make me long for dpring...enjoy the fine weather and the rest of your weekend!

Fran said...

In the midst of winter and your photos make me yearn for Spring. I love the photos Maxine. Thank you for sharing such awesome shots. Hugs, Fran

Hetty said...

Sweet birdies! i love it when they come to the birdhouse in my garden. Have to wait a few months for that!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Aw.... how fun to watch the hatchlings grow up.

MaryH said...

Enjoyed seeing the bird box...and such a blessing to see the baby peeking out of the next. TFS & hope things are being manageable just now! Blessings & Prayers

Shelly Schmidt said...

We spend quite a bit of time watching the birds and squirrels in the back yard. How fun to watch them as they grow! Hugs to you my friend!!!

creationsnz said...

I love watching birds too Maxine. We had blackbirds build their nest in the bend of the downpipe outside the kitchen right under the extractor vent. They raise four chicks, but it must have been a bit stressful with the extractor blasting away onto them and the front door being used right beside them.

Monica said...

I love birds, too. So cute this is, Maxine. How thrilling to see life.

Irish Cherokee said...

I have been a birder for many years. How wonderful to have a breeding pair in your back yard. It is fun and amazing to experience creation close up. Great pictures.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
Jim

Angela Bode said...

Awww! What a sweet post!!!

Neet said...

How absolutely fascinating. We have a blue tit box which a family visit each year and have done since before we moved in. We have had to change the box a couple of times as the weather here plays havoc with them. Worth it so much though to see God's tiny creatures which always remind me of the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful".
Blessings
Neet xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Maxine, how amazing!! I've never heard of a Starling box before, but I'm pretty sure I want one for next spring!! Two baby birds in your yard, how wonderful to be that close to such a miracle of nature!! Well done and thank you for sharing, I just love stories like this! hugs :)

Olga Fink said...

Such beautiful pictures Maxine! thank you for sharing!
xoxo Olga