Thursday morning, June 1st, only one chick in the nest. Oh doesn’t he look lonely. The mother high up in tree, stared at me. I could feel her think. Oh no, you again ! I hurried to take three pictures and then l walked away. I should have shot a couple more as they are a bit blurry (again). But, I want to disturb the birds as little as possible.
Walking back from the nest I saw these two birds in an apple tree further away from the tree where the nest is. I think they are chicks. I’m not sure about whether they are from “my” nest. But very cute ones.
Yesterday in the morning, June 2nd, I thought the nest was empty as I saw no one there. But, in the evening I saw this last little one sitting on the edge of the nest. I took only one picture. Didn’t want to scare him off the edge. But, he probably left the nest later. It has been so nice to be able to follow the growing of the chicks. This is the first time in my entire life I have had the rare opportunity. I wish them all the best now when they are out in the big wide world 🙂
President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson and his spouse, Eliza Jean Reid, of Iceland
King Harald V of Norway, president Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio
King Harald V, Queen Sonja of Norway and Mrs Jenni Haukio
Queen Sonja of Norway and Mrs Jenni Haukio
King Harald V, Queen Sonja of Norway and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Today all the Nordic heads of states are in Helsinki, Finland to celebrate the anniversary of Finland 100 years of independence. We were, outside the Presidential Palace, when they arrived. There was so many people. To my delight, a tourist, a very polite gentleman helped me get a spot in the front row. So kind of him. For photographing it was not the best spot but, at least, I was able to take a few pictures. In the morning it was cold but sunshine. In the distance you could see clouds. They got darker all the time and came closer and closer. At about 10:30 they were almost above us. Everybody wished it would not rain. But, at 10:40 seconds before the presidential couple and the royal couples stepped out on the balcony a cold wind blew hard and it started to rain and hail. I heard a tourist say to an other: summer day in Finland. To my disappointment I was not able to take any photos of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Gosh, the chicks to me already look ready to leave the nest. One was sitting on a branch outside of it. I tried to get a picture of him but, the branches made it impossible to get a sharp enough one. I think there is not enough of space for all four of them anymore. In the last picture it, to me, looked like the mom was cleaned the nest from something. I wonder will they still be there tomorrow morning.
Last night we all woke to thunder and heavy rainfall. Oh no, I said to my husband, I’m so worried about the bird babies in the apple tree. I hope the nest will not be knocked down by it. He said, go put an umbrella over them. After I had morning coffee I took my camera and went there. How happy I was to see the nest was still there and also the chicks. After my first shot, I saw through the lens, one of the parents land on the edge of the nest with a big worm in hers/his beak. Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe, such a luck. I shot several pictures in a row hoping that at least some of them would be sharp enough to post on my blog. The one with the worm is very blurry. But, I still wanted to post it because of the huge worm. I’m so happy the birds are okay.
Cropped from the original below photo.The original photo.Look, can you spot her ? The arrow in black is pointing at her.
Last night I saw a bird in a nest in an apple tree. Could it be a fieldfare (field fare) ? The tree is very close to the sidewalk just on the other side of a fence. I shot a couple of pictures but, they were no good because of backlight. I went there again today in the morning, in the hope to now when the sun light came from the back be able to get a picture or two. I only took a couple of pictures as I didn’t want to disturb the birds too much. Soon there will be leaves and more difficult to spot the nest and harder to photograph.
The Hanami Festival in the cherry park in Roihuvuori was planned to take place last Sunday, May 14. For some reason the arrangers of the event decided to changed it to a week later on May 21, today. That was a good move because had it taken place last Sunday the cherry trees had not been in bloom. Now was the most perfect day for the event. Warm, blue skies, beautiful cherry blossom and, oh my goodness, thousands of visitors. More than ever before.