As of Friday the babes have all fledged! This is bittersweet time for me as I will miss watching mom and dad flying in and out of the nest and the raucous sound the babes made as they were fed a juicy caterpillar or hairy spider. It was fun but a bit nerve wracking watching them take wing. They certainly weren't very graceful at first and with each lift off I wondered if they were going to make it to the next branch. Mom and Dad's job got a little harder as each of the fledglings found their respective ways around the yard and naturally they all fledged in different directions. Despite their new found (albeit rough) flight skills they remain dependent on mom and dad for meals and direction (Sounds like my 20 year old!) The babes would call when they got hungry and I was fortunate enough to find a couple of them as they called and were fed by mom or dad.Papa Oriole feeds the last hold out in the nest.
There are many nests along the creek right now. I don't know exactly where or what birds they all are because they are so well-hidden. The only way that I even know they are there is the telltale chirping of the babies as they are fed. It's amazing how loud they can be! I look forward now to watching the babies grow and hope that next year they come back and build their own nests as the great cycle of life in the gully continues.