Dear Fr. Z.,
The brood of black-capped chickadees in our bird box fledged on Pentecost Sunday. Four of them fledged within a 10 minute period. The fifth and last one delayed another 25 minutes before embarking upon the world outside of the nest box. I was able to catch a few snapshots of the grand event, which my family and I have looked forward to with great anticipation.
In one shot I’m sending the little guy is getting ready to make the big leap. In the other shot I captured the fledging’s first flight on his way to a nearby tree in the backyard.
It strikes me that there is a message for us in the fact that the Lord sent these little creatures forth on Pentecost Sunday.
I really enjoy the chickadees. They are fearless! They will often flutter down nearly on top of me as I refill the feeder. I have learned to imitate their contact call and, in the morning and evening, I can whistle them in. Sometimes I can get a little group to follow me around as I walk, if I don’t go too far from their zone.
Anyway… here are the photos sent with the e-mail: