Perhaps this is a relative of the tiny turtle I teleported two years ago in the same section of the Dutchess Rail Trail:
Such fancy patterns!
I’m pretty sure box turtles don’t grow fast enough for this to be the same one …
A pair of wrens, having found the new entrance reducer entirely satisfactory, set up housekeeping in the front bird box and raised their nestlings.
Somehow, they manage to fly directly into the hole without stopping:
Outbound trips require a security check:
After those nestlings fledged, they began building a nest in one of the garden bird boxes a few hundred feet away. In short order, we’ll be awash in wrens!
The robin nestlings fledged fourteen days after we spotted the first eggshell on the driveway below the nest. The first one may have flown away the previous evening, leaving three increasingly restless siblings behind:
They’re recognizably robins now, covered in young-bird speckle camouflage.
Feeding continued apace:
After feeding, robin nestlings produce fecal sacs, which the parents either eat or carry away:
Robins aren’t big on facial expressions, but, speaking from personal experience, anything to do with diapers isn’t the high point of a parent’s day.
And then there were none:
The gazillion black dots on the soffit are pinpoint-sized insects / mites / ticks infesting the nest and, presumably, the birds. The earlier pictures don’t show them, so perhaps these missed the last bird off the nest and are now regretting their life choices.
Go, birds, … gone!
You can do it by hand, as I used to, or use
dmesg | tail cd /tmp sudo dcfldd if=/dev/sde1 of=pix.bin bs=1M count=100 recoverjpeg pix.bin ristretto image00*
Nothing prizewinning, but better than no picture at all:
Note that you start by copying a reasonable chunk of the partition from the Memory Stick / (micro)SD Card first, to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
Now I can remember the easy way the next time around this block …
All four nestlings emerged on schedule:
The oldest nestling was ready for feeding almost immediately, even with unopened eyes:
As any infant will tell you, holding your head up is hard work:
But doing only half the job won’t get you fed:
They’re just starting to make little chirps, so this isn’t nearly as raucous as you might think:
The adults seem to have no trouble bringing an endless stream of worms, insects, and unidentifiable organisms from the yard and garden.
Go, birds, go!
The robin nesting atop the garage door spotlights keeps a careful watch over her surroundings:
Based on past experience, we though a blue jay had discovered the nest when we found this in front of the garage door:
A day later, a quick peek when she was off the nest told a different story:
As with humans, only parents can love things like that …
Another pair of robins built a more conventional nest in a small front-yard tree, although they seemed content to start brooding atop only two eggs.
We wish both families well, along with the wrens nesting in the front bird box.
Go, birds, go!