September 1, 2014
Part 0 (meaning, I found one more after I linked everything else. d’oh!)
They fluff and clean and preen …All three hummers (babies & mama) are in the picture below. Flight practice. One baby flew confidently earlier than did the other. And returned to keep his (her?) sibling company. Stretching wings … Mama hummingbirds keep feeding babies for a couple days after they leave the nest.. At the same time she shows them “around”, where to find the best bugs and nectar … before she chases them away to live on their own. Mamas will sometimes re-use the same nest year to year. Or another hummer might use the nest. Thus, we are leaving this one right where it is. We are quite amenable to it being re-inhabited!
August 28, 2014
The deed is done. The Teen has packed his bags, vacated our premises, and begun his great adventure. Unpacking and putting away all the “important” stuff … Obligatory selfie :-) New Student Orientation theme: “happiest campus on earth” (sounds about right to me) Outside their dorm, letting we parents take the roommate trio portrait. Um, yeah. A room with a view. A really, REALLY nice view. And then I drove back home. And I didn’t use the commuter lane. And it all felt more than just a little bit weird. But The Teen is happy in his new digs. And thus, we are happy.