Monday, June 20, 2016

Fledgling and the Full Moon

There are an awful lot of scientists today who believe that before very long we shall have unraveled all the secrets of the universe. There will be no puzzles anymore. To me, it’d be really, really tragic because I think one of the most exciting things is this feeling of mystery, feeling of awe, the feeling of looking at a little live thing and being amazed by it and how it has emerged through these hundreds of years of evolution and there it is and it is perfect and why.
— Jane Goodall

Two months ago, I noticed that for the first time ever, we had pigeons roosting in our building and the one next to us.
I knew babies had been born when I could hear constant chirping from above but never could get at an angle to see them.
But yesterday, Jingles and I had a front row seat as this pigeon tried to get it's fledgling to fly right outside my son's bedroom window.
I'm not sure if this is mama pigeon or daddy pigeon since both share the responsibility of raising their young.
And both produce crop milk to feed them.
The adult pigeon flew back and forth a couple of times, feeding and enticing the fledgling to spread its wings and fly.
There was a whole lot of flapping going on which was very exciting for Jingles.
And wouldn't you know it, I walked away just long enough to miss the fledgling take flight.
But I didn't miss the Strawberry Moon as it rose tonight.
The full moon marks the halfway point of the month of Ramadan.
Today is also the summer solstice with the longest day of  the year.

Happy Summer!


Sam I Am...... said...

Love your pigeons! Also, I posted about the strawberry moon as it is the first time in 70 years that it falls on the summer solstice....every 70 will be the first and last time I see it! LOL!

Amy at love made my home said...

A shame you missed the fledging. Glad you enjoyed knit in public day!

Lorrie said...

What a lovely event to witness (even though you missed the finale). I don't think we will ever discover all the mysteries of this intricate and beautiful world.
Happy Midsummer!

Createology said...

Of course Murphy's Law absolutely rules and you just missed the inaugural flight. How exciting for you and Jingles to be able to watch all this commotion. The Strawberry Moon is very gorgeous. And just now we are having the most beautiful Strawberry pink sunset wth a 360 degree view. Life is Good...

Laurie said...

How fun watching the mama and daddy birds teaching their baby to fly. And looks like your kitty thoroughly enjoyed the show, too. Beautiful moon. I'm going outside now to look for it. Have a great week, Tammy!

Teresa Kasner said...

I got such a kick out of watching Jingles watch the birds flapping their wings.. I can bet he was titillated beyond belief. You're so lucky that you can see the moon.. we have some clouds and some clearing but can't see the strawberry moon as I've been out checking at least twice. Wish me luck! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Little Treasures said...

Happy solstice to you Tammy! Me and Eva watched the strawberry moon too!

Mary said...

Jingles must have had a field day with so much going on involving the birds - love the photos! And the moon. . . . .we stepped outside late last night to view it - so beautiful here with just enough clouds around to make for a truly beautiful sky.

Sorry I've been absent Tammy. Had major surgery last week and am home recuperating and catching up with everyone gradually. Things were a bit more involved than expected and I was 'out' for 3.5 hours, so now I have to behave myself and follow doctor's orders and be lazy for a couple of weeks - hard for me!!! Watching our garden birds from the lovely gazebo - and of course have a stack of good books to read.

Hugs - Mary

Rostrose said...

Jane Goodall was a very wise woman, dearest Tammy! And Jingles was really very interested in the flight exercises of the young pigeon! May be she thought: Why is the food flying today?! ;o))

Happy summer, my dear!

XOX, Traude

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
What a fabulous sight of some of nature's wonders! Jingles for sure did like that too and she got to see how the fledgling took off!
Well, that's Murphy's law! It happens to all of us and in a way we are not patient enough, not like e.g. cats can sit for hours looking at something till it moves.
Loved those happy pictures.
Sending you summer hugs and I hope you did learn something from my New York City postings. There are more to come. Finally getting things lined up. We got so much going on the last year and it looks like we're slowly getting in less rough waters.

Diane said...

It always amazes me that the moon you're looking at is the same one I am. I didn't get to see it. I looked at 10:00 and at that point all I could see was the glow of it appearing over the town. At least Jingles got to see the baby fly. Diane

Mereknits said...

Jingles must have been beyond excited. We had a beautiful view of the Strawberry Moon too!

Betsy said...

I loved watching Jingles ears as she watched the birds right outside her window. So close and yet so far!!! How exciting to watch the babies learn to fly. I so enjoyed your photos. I did get to see the "Strawberry Moon" last night at the lake. It was gorgeous. Also exciting to know that it will be the only time in my life to get to see that event take place. The newscasters said the next time it will happen will be 2060. There is a slim to none chance I'll be around then so I'm glad I saw it last night. :-)

Quinn said...

WOW! What a fabulous opportunity to observe wildlife from a comfy spot! For both you and Jingles :)

Wanda said...

What a wonderful array of pictures. Almost like a video. Sorry I've been got in the way...but I think I'm back.

Susan said...

Great photos, Tammy. That must have been quite a sight to see. I'm sure Jingles would love to have had a bite of pigeon pie for supper but I'm glad he didn't. Imagine seeing those little ones taking flight right outside your window. Wowsers. Susan

Melanie said...

Great photos of the pigeons! I'm sure Jingles was thrilled with that bird show. Oh, I hope we don't learn all the secrets of the universe. Mystery is part of the excitement and wonder of life!

Kit said...

Oh how wonderful! I bet Jingles had the best day ever too! Sadly I watch the Osprey each year in Missoula and their eggs were not viable so no babies this year at the Hellgate nest. :( But it has been fun to watch the new mates learn about each other. :) Kit

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Lovely to have a birds eye view of the pigeon family and I am sure Jingles would have been excited watching on. You got a great shot of the strawberry moon
happy weekend

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love these beautiful birds...and I heartily agree with Ms. Goodall's quote :)

Liz D said...

What a fun post. How scary that first flight must be.

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful bird show...and how exciting for Jingles to have a ringside seat! Great that you got a picture of the strawberry moon...what a lovely name that is.
Happy new week Tammy.
Helen xox

Caterina Giglio said...

What a fun story.. And lovely to witness, even if you missed the triumphant flight... Xox

Gracie Saylor said...

Does Jingles chatter when excited by the birds? One of our cats did, and got so excited it bonked its head on the window trying to pounce and catch the bird! Even if you missed the grand takeoff it was fun to see the process of launching. I totally missed the strawberry moon, but am glad you got to witness it, Tammy. Love to you and yours. xx

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