Finding the Fledglings and a Lesson on Targeting and Focus

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Finding the Fledglings and a Lesson on Targeting and Focus


The bluebirds in one of our boxes at Kickerillo fledged late last week and we went out Monday afternoon to see if we could find them. 


Often they’re high in a nearby tree, protected from predators. They wait patiently while mom and dad hunt for food that they bring to them. We’ve watched them at our home...and that’s an awful lot of work!


It’s not easy to find them because at this stage they’re speckly and blend in with the trees. 


So what do we do? Like they say in police shows we Follow the Money or in the case of the birds, we Follow the Food. 


We keep our eyes open for one of the parents. When they catch a worm or whatever they eat, we watch closely to see where they take it. From there, we know where to zoom in to look for the fledglings.


(These are fledglings from 2020 that were in our tree at home. Imagine trying to locate them in a tall tree 50+ feet away!)


We could have spent all afternoon with our binoculars and never found the wee ones, but by following their source of food...the parents carrying worms... we zeroed in on them.


‘Mother Nature can teach us all kinds of lessons if you are willing to stop and let your eyes take in how they handle the tasks that you and I handle every day. 


What lessons have you learned from Mother Nature?

Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Those birds are earning their rent by providing you such interest and entertainment. You and Larry are good landlords! Enjoy the birds.

Apr 20, 2021 04:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Wayne- we thoroughly enjoy the wildlife (except for the snakes. )

Apr 20, 2021 05:20 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


We all love birds, true signs life is back open in the Springtime.   Make it the best Taco Tuesday, thanks for your post today.  Bill Salvatore 

Apr 20, 2021 05:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Bill- didn't do a Taco Tuesday but how about Wednesday!

Apr 20, 2021 05:22 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are smart and I am glad that you are able to keep an eye on them.  That is such a tremendous picture of them from last year.

Apr 20, 2021 05:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Brian- I wish I had some binocs with a really good camera attached. 

Apr 20, 2021 05:49 PM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Kathy,

Bird watching is for many and they made a movie about it about 10 years ago that was interesting where two people traveled around the country to spot different birds because of some contest.  The name of the movie is 'The Big Year'.  It starred Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.  If you haven't seen it, I think you'll like it.

Apr 20, 2021 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Jeffrey- I'm so glad that you mentioned the movie. I added it to my queue at Amazon!!! It looks like a fun movie. 

Apr 20, 2021 05:50 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathy- It is so fun watching the parents taking care of their young.  Glad you get to do that.  I miss my birds.  

Apr 20, 2021 05:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Sharon- I know you do!!!!!  I will try to keep you informed of our birds here. 

Apr 20, 2021 05:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's great that you were able to figure out a way to find them! 

As to lessons in nature.... I've learned to be more patient, and to listen, and to be quiet, and to enjoy the moment. I've strengthened my heart and my body, continuing to push myself up hills and mountains. I've learned peace, sitting still and watching the sun rise or set. I've...  Well, let's just say I think spending time in nature on a regular basis is a must to keeping life balanced.

Apr 20, 2021 05:45 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kat- it looks like the move has been good for you. And I like what you've learned from nature. 

Apr 20, 2021 05:54 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Kathy,
"Follow the food". I guess that IS the money to the birds, isn't it? 

What have I learned from Mother Nature? That is a deep question.  Spring is an amazing time to take in the marvels of nature.  Literally, everything we use (seen and unseen) is a resource from nature... providing for the basics of life from the air, food, and water to our toys, and tools of survival.  In the big scheme of things we are but atoms of a molecule of the universe.  How's that for deep?  LOL

Apr 20, 2021 05:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol- wow, yes that was deep!!!   

Apr 20, 2021 05:55 PM
Carol Williams


Apr 20, 2021 07:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a great picture of the pair of fledglings, Kathy.  It's always nice to watch life in its most natural form.

Apr 20, 2021 06:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Myrl- I really enjoy seeing the wildlife when we're out. Larry ran into a coyote this afternoon. 

Apr 20, 2021 05:56 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - What have I learned?  You can't fool Mother Nature and it is amazing to watch.

Apr 20, 2021 06:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Grant- That's a good lesson to learn!!!

Apr 20, 2021 06:48 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Smart thinking in following the food.  Like you we have a keen interest in Mother Nature, and I learn something new everyday.  At the present we are seeing female Mallard ducks looking ready to lay their eggs somewhere in the Salt Marsh reserves.  A

Apr 20, 2021 06:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Ron and Alexandra- how exciting!!!  I see the Black bellied Whistling Ducks at Kickerillo but have no idea where their nests are. 

Apr 20, 2021 06:50 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Kathy and both of you are great keeping a eye on your birds.  Good job!


Apr 20, 2021 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Thank you. Larry has a better eagle eye than I do. 

Apr 20, 2021 06:53 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! You are the most avid ornithologist that I know

Apr 20, 2021 07:12 AM
Kathy Streib

LOL Rocky- one thing, though...I do not walk around with binoculars around my neck. 

Apr 20, 2021 06:54 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Good investigative reporting you two bird-sleuths.  We are enjoying the renewed activity of birds in our yard of late. Have a tiny little hummingbird ( we think it's a baby) that has been visiting the feeder. It's so adorable. 

Apr 20, 2021 07:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Debb and Bernie- Larry found a bluebird egg in our box in our backyard so we're excited about that. 

Apr 20, 2021 07:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - nature continues to offer glimpses of how life changes.  Sometimes it is so subtle(and my awareness not so keen) that I miss it but it is happening nonetheless.  

Apr 20, 2021 07:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael- there are some days when we look and there are no birds or squirrels. We know they're there but perhaps they're taking a break. 

Apr 20, 2021 07:05 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing your observations.

Apr 20, 2021 02:27 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy- hope that you and Chef Dolores are doing well. 

Apr 20, 2021 07:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy WOW they almost seem to be a part of the tree!!!

Apr 20, 2021 03:42 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi George- you have to have great binoculars!!!

Apr 20, 2021 07:10 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You are getting a big first class seat on the young birds, and entertaining us with the posts.

Apr 20, 2021 06:43 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Mother Nature, surprised us with a bit of snow yesterday. Latter part of April, she is always surprising us, isn't she?

Apr 21, 2021 12:19 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's something I never knew, about how the fledglings are usually high up in trees and their parents bring them food.

Apr 21, 2021 02:39 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Smart to follow the parents delivering the meals! 

Apr 27, 2021 06:57 AM