Derik Badman's Journal

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2019-08-29 08:14

Yesterday, while I took a walk to the library to pick up a book, Vegetables Unleashed, a cookbook by Jose Andres. The first two recipes I turned to while walking back both look delicious, so I'm very excited to try some of them. Anyway, on the way to the library, I noticed a whole bunch of crows around a tree next to a church, as I got closer I realized there were more than a dozen crows perched on the church and the tree, periodically swooping down to grab fruit of the tree. We used to have one of those trees in front of our old house, it was right outside my office window and I'd watch the birds and squirrels eat the bright red spiky fruit that had cantaloupe orange insides. I looked the tree up then, but have since forgotten the name. Turns out the crows really love that fruit, I've not seen so many of them all in the same place. The library also had another book for me A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, which I read a recommendation for somewhere awhile back. As I had just finished the novel I was reading the night before, it was perfect timing. I started on Olondria before bed last night, so far interesting enough, though I'm still in the "childhood of the narrator" section that seems requisite in so many fantasy books.

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2019-07-28 00:00

Just looked out the window and saw a little sparrow disappear into the side of a hedge row, just fly right into the side and then was covered over by the green. Looking back I can see a bit of movement at the bottom near the ground, probably a couple birds hidden in there.

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2019-07-15 08:13

Baby dove appeared later yesterday high up in the mostly cut up tree in our backyard. I guess he managed to fly well enough to get that high. There were also two adults feeding the babies yesterday. After weeks of there only being one adult around, I'm not sure if that's the mate returned from... just ignoring the babies... or if it's another adult just helping out (maybe one of the young from a previous year). Probably should do some research on doves. As the day went on the baby in the nest was moving around a lot more outside of his nest along the porch beams. This morning neither baby is to be seen on the porch.

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2019-07-14 08:12

The baby dove spent a long time on our porch table yesterday, for awhile hidden on one of the chairs under the table (for shade maybe while the sun was still low enough to get onto the porch). His mom spent some time with him huddled next to him as if protecting him, though she always took time to visit the other baby still up in the nest.

Later yesterday afternoon, I was watching the two babies without their mom around. They seemed to almost be syncing to each other. The one would stretch his wings, then the other would. The one would scratch his head with his foot, then the other would. The one on the table almost fell off the one time he tried to scratch.

Then the mom appeared on the railing and the little guy on the table got very excited. He took a very short hop flight from one side of the table to the other, then another over to the rail. For a split second it looked like he had landed okay, then he teetered forward, and fell. He briefly landed on the edge of the porch floor and then went over the edge. The mom quickly flew down after him.

He was not back last night and isn't this morning. When I went out earlier to fill up the bird feeder, I took a look from a distance but didn't see him down at the edge of the porch. I hope he shows up later safe and sound.

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2019-07-13 08:25

The second baby dove that I thought was lost or eaten reappeared this morning sitting on the porch railing not far from the nest. I guess maybe he fell out of the nest and only after a couple days managed to figure out to fly enough to get back to the porch. He's fluffier and more mottled in color than the adults, perched unmoving facing the house.

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2019-07-12 08:13

I think one of the dove babies on the porch is lost. Looks like there is only one there, not sure where the other one got to. I can't imagine a predator could get to them up under the porch roof. Maybe it fell down, though I don't see it on the porch. Those poor doves, they already went through a few rounds of unhatched eggs this year (they'd build the nest and then later I'd see the eggs broken on the porch).

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2019-07-10 08:12

It's a hot sunny day already today, which makes me not look forward to my walk down to the co-op for dinner ingredients, nor how hot my office will probably be by late afternoon. The two baby doves in the nest on our porch (up in the corner under the rafters) have grown amazingly over the past days. We think one of the parents met an untimely fate, as it's been a couple weeks now since we saw two out there on the porch at once (and previously you'd always see them together). Somehow the one remaining parent (I keep thinking of them as a she, out of prejudice I guess) managed to hatch the eggs and is now caring for the babies. For a while it seemed like she never left the nest, but now that they've grown, I see them out there by themselves more often, and even when she does return she kind of perches next time them rather than right on top.

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