On Saturday Cyndee Haydon posted In Clearwater, Florida ~ Who left that Fowl Trail? then I followed her lead with My Photos Of Some Florida Birds, I showed you a photo of a Brown Thrasher nesting.
Monday morning I arrived at work to find a young man cutting the hedges, right where the nest was. My heart dropped! He was using good old fashioned manual hedge trimmers but I was panicked. I unlocked the office, dropped my purse, camera and lunch and told him "STOP, there's a nest!" I think I scared him...
I ran to the other side of the bushes where the nest was, found it covered in leaves, no mama, took a deep breath and moved the leaves. Three newly hatched baby birds lay in the nest very, very still. I carefully touched each baby and made sure they were breathing, then I began breathing again.. I thought this is probably the only chance I'll have to get a shot of these little guys and not make the mama any madder then she already is.
After the young man with the trimmers left, and I warned the other young man with the gas powered hedge trimmers to stay away (I said please). I watched the mama bird run back and forth and finally jump back into the nest.
My heart finally relaxed.
I kept an eye on them the rest of the day and their little bird life seemed to go back to normal.
Today I brought my tripod with me and was able to capture them looking blindly for mama to feed them. I used the 32X digital zoom for this photo.
I also took the tripod to the back of the office to try to shoot video and stills of my friend the Red Winged Blackbird. He of course was very cooperative!
He wasn't alone though, he was in the middle of a quiet "stand off" with a regular blackbird at the top of his tree when I got set up.
The standoff took to the air quickly, I wasn't expecting it, they weren't "yelling at each other" like normal. They moved fast, I couldn't keep up, but I was able to catch this shot..
He then returned to the top of his tree the proud victor
I took video on Monday of him singing without the tripod and today with it, but here's the deal, I can't get all my video's uploaded on youtube. Today's aren't going in for some reason. Anyone that has any suggestions, please feel free to send my your 2 cents on this. Here is the video I shot yesterday so you can hear how pretty he sings.