This summer we had a new neighbor move into our backyard. Mrs. Bluejay took up residence under our patio umbrella. We watched while she made her house, it was intricate and small but looked functional and efficient and pretty cool! We learned that she was not a single mom and the dad was not a deadbeat: He assisted with the nest building and feeding his brood. Our new neighbors did lots of preparing under the umbrella. Then Mrs. Bluejay laid her three blue eggs. We waited to see when they would hatch, we had gatherings and made sure everyone left our new neighbors alone. We found out that if we went too close to the nest, the mom would abandon it! So we waited and one morning, three little blue jays were born, from the moment they hatched, their mouths were wide open wating for food, mom and dad both hovered over them and made sure they were fed. A few days later, two of the three birds took off in flight. We worried all day about the third bird, we had discussions that maybe the birdie was hurt or was it just not ready to leave the nest? Then on a Sunday at 5 p.m. the last of our new neighbors flew the coop. It was sad. We had gotten attached to our feathered friends. We look for them in our trees and point to the the little guys in the sky. It makes me think of all of the Yorktown parents whose kids will be flying the coop soon! These kids have a great nest and foundation in Yorktown and now they have the wings to fly. They will soar just like our new neighbors the Bluejays did!
In another yard in Yorktown, The Costello family has three owls in residence. Maura Costello announced that they are a hoot to watch. She is a huge Winnie the Pooh fan and attributes her love for Pooh for the owls coming to her 100-acre wood in Mohegan Lake the same week the Pooh movie was released. The owls certainly made a wise choice!
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