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August 3rd

I forgot my camera today and so have no pics of my 2 charges :( I had a baby swift, who was silent the whole way, peeking at us with little black-button eyes when we opened his box. Once he was placed in with another swift and some sparrows, -open sesame- and he was cheeping away for food just like the rest :) The other bird was either an adult or young but fully adult-feathered white winged dove...no visible injuries, just some missing feathers. I'd guess it bonked into something and got stunned. It spent most of the trip to Rogers trying to knock the box lid off, so I had to keep my hand on it.

As I was arriving, there was a flock? flotilla? profusion of peafowl outside the fence. None with long tails but plenty of males, as indicated by the brilliant jeweltones. Peacocks are just gorgeous birds...yes, even the hens :) As I was leaving, a turtle about the size of a dinner plate was scooching across the road for all he was worth, so I stopped and waited. He stopped right at the edge, so I got out and scooted him on off into the brush so no one would come along and clip him. He had dried duckweed on his shell, so I know he had been in the pond at Rogers, but he went into and stayed in his shell when I approached, so I am not sure what kind he was. They've had trouble with snappers mauling some of the ducks and geese, but I can't see a snapper hiding in his shell, so I don't know...

The little green heron from 2 weeks ago? Little ball of grey-olive fluff? Has almost all his feathers now with just a bit of fuzz left on his head. Kids these days grow up so fast...