Back Porch Update

So I’m sitting out on the balcony quietly enjoying the calm of the coming evening. It’s a warm but not humid evening in early April (the 7th, if you must know). The sun has just set so there’s still lots of light but also lots of glorious colours staining the sky, rich pinks and oranges and purples, just enough dark cloud to make it all interesting. I’m thinking about how lovely and quiet it is, when out of the corner of my eye, I catch a movement, a large brown creature moving quietly nearby, on the bank of the lake below. I’m amazed that I’m seeing it before hearing it, because it is, you guessed it, the dreaded kvetcher bird.

I’m about to call in the Bird Whisperer, but all’s quiet, so I decide to wait.

Still quiet.

I’ve made some food and now I’ve come back out to the back, and lo and behold, what should be milling about on the other bank at the end of the lake but a whole famn damily of them! I’m assuming the two adults are Mama Kvetcher and Papa Kvetcher (but I don’t know anything about their child-rearing habits, so for all I know they could both be moms or both dads). And I’m counting chicks: one, two, three — hold still, for pete’s sake — four. Five? No, just four.

I hate to admit this, but … they’re adorable! They’re not tiny, but still, they scarcely come up to the top of the adults’ legs and they’re, well, fluffy. I have to admit, that is just really cute.

The bonus, I suspect fervently hope, will be continued silence. After all, a species doesn’t survive for long by calling attention to its young.

I guess there’s always next year.

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