A month later…
It was the mid of April when we first noticed Mr. and Mrs. W and their nest in our backyard. Life is getting a bit busier and complicated for them.
Another predator was hiding behind the tree branches. He/She was just a few feet away from the nest.
While Mrs. W was watching the predator, the squirrel was sneaking up to their nest.
Thank Goodness, Mrs. W spotted it! She zipped toward their nest and ready to attack. Squirrel Jr. ran and ran for his life, Mrs. W chased him all the way to the top of the tree. I really thought she was going to kill the squirrel.
After this incident, Mr. and Mrs. W worked out a new strategy to guard their nestlings. When one was out to get food, the other would dash out to the top of a tree or the roof opposite to their nest watching these predators.
As you can imagine, they are busier than ever before. Now they start their busy schedule before 6:30 am and don’t get rest after 8 pm. Look at her face, you can tell Mrs. W does everything in her power to protect her kids:
Meanwhile, the changing shifts of feeding nestlings between them become more frequent. Nestlings are growing fast and need so much more food. We still can’t see them, but we can hear some noises from the nest when we are out in the backyard and if we listen carefully.
The other day Mr. W’s cousin came to visit:
“What up, buddy? I’m up here.”
Mr. W was so happy to see his cousin. They had a little fun. A couple of minutes later, Mr. W had to go back to the nest.
It looks like Mr. and Mrs. both have lost a lot of weight. The photo below was taken three weeks ago. I love her innocent face.
Yesterday evening Mrs. W flew back and stayed up there for 3, 4 minute, she looked awful. She didn’t get into the nest right way like she always does. Did she have a battle with a predator? I kept wondering…
I suspect two, three weeks later, they’ll start taking the kids out of the nest to teach them flying, find food, and avoid predator. Both probably have already worked out a new plan for kids’ safety. 🙂