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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you.  Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
Yesterday, while I was working in the yard, I was dusted by a fast moving glob of cacaphony. It plunged into the orange tree and resolved into a batch of Oak Titmice. The members of this crew used the orange tree as a haven from which to raid the platform feeder, just as if they had been doing it their whole lives. I suspect that most of them pretty much have.

Continued below the orange birdnest --

I took but a moment to note that most of the birds raiding the feeder were smaller than our resident pair of Titmice. This led me to surmise that the smaller ones were offspring of the resident pair. I also figured that said offspring must've sprung off quite recently, since I haven't ever seen or herd this little batch (other than our pair) before. Hence, I conclude:

On or about 4/26/13, in Castro Valley, CA, Titmouse fledges

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So now, let's fill up this bucket with more observations; your observations. Please remember to give the approximate location of what it ws that you saw or heard.

Thank you.

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