Tuesday, June 17, 2014
No Empty Nest Here
I thought the adolescent barn sparrows' squat-and-flutter dance was funny, but nothing compared to a bluejay birdlett, and a young crow outdoes them all. While on a phone call yesterday, suddenly there was such a racket of squawking and screeching outside that I had to go make sure something was not attacking the chickens. It was so loud that the other party on the line could hear. Turned out to be a teenage crow, obviously feeling a sense of entitlement and giving his parents hell because their service was slow. All three were on the ground by the feeding station, with Baby stamping his feet and yelling in a classic temper tantrum. While staying close, the parents turned their back on their kid and let him wear himself out. They'd evidently decided that it was time for Baby to fend for himself, but didn't want him to come to harm. When the kid saw that his antics had no effect, he shut his beak and flew up into the tree to pout. Having raised their chick to adulthood, the parents flew off in another direction; probably a vacation in Hawaii. I doubt they'll suffer from "empty-nest" syndrome.