Crazy faces at work and it’s not the employees

Although this is how I feel most days when leaving work.

Besides osprey, we have yellow crowned night herons that nest in the pine trees in the parking lot at work. The nests are really tiny and always look like the slightest breeze could knock them down. We lose a lot of eggs to the fish crows that relentlessly attack the night herons when they are nesting. A few babies make it to adult hood. It’s so funny to see their bright orange eyes staring down at me when I’m walking to my car.

I recently saw a bunny in the parking lot and snapped this through the window before leaving work.

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More babies at work

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One of the night heron parents trying to sleep in the sun.

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Still pretty young, the baby night herons were finally big enough to see from the parking lot at work. These babies were growing up right near my car.

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A week later, the babies were almost the size of the parents. There were two nests in the parking lot.

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These are yellow crowned night herons.

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And some mallards trying to nap in a puddle in the parking lot.

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In the parking lot at work

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Last year, an osprey couple built a nest in one of the lights in the parking lot at work. They did not have any babies that year. The nest did not seem well built and people are walking by all day long. This spring they started working on the nest and I didn’t get my hopes up. My doubts were not necessary this year. One night I walked out to my car and saw a little head sticking up. The next night I brought my camera to work and got the above shots.

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It gets better. A week later I realized there were two babies.

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After a heavy rain had filled the grassy area next to the parking lot, one of the parents flew down and was drinking some of the water. The ducks seemed baffled by their new friend.

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Also in the parking lot was a night heron nest. High up in a pine tree, two babies were looking down at me.

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One night while I was taking pictures of the osprey, this crow flew past me and landed in a nearby pine tree. I hate to think it but it looks like he has a small duck in his beak. This was the only shot I got before he flew off.

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A kildeer was watching me from the side of the parking lot.

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Last week the babies were fully grown. They were flying from light pole to light pole but still getting their food from the parents. Soon they will be gone for good. It looks like he’s got some fish guts on the nest.

Since it’s rare these days that I can get to a park after work, it’s nice to have the wildlife come to work.

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