Percy: Hey, Marcus, I heard you were baby bird sniffing again yesterday.
Marcus: Yes, and they were singing for us when we approached. Jan put her ear down to the pipe to listen to their tiny voices.
Buddy: She got some exercise! On our morning walk, Jan discovered she'd left the camera on the desk. She had to come home to pick up the camera and drop off the old timers - Merci and me.
Marcus: I get so excited when we approach, I run up, stand on my hind legs, sniff, and lick the top of the pipe. I'd really like to invite those birds to lunch but Jan said their mom probably told them not to talk to strangers. I'm not a stranger. Everyone knows I'm Marcus.
Percy: The sun was shining this morning. Was Jan able to get a better picture than last evening?
Buddy: That's debatable. Jan has a very small camera but the pipe is narrow and the "handle" over the top makes it next to impossible to take a picture.
Percy: There isn't any handle showing in the pictures she took, most of which we watched her delete, so how did could she even try to get a shot?
Marcus: The camera will barely fit under the handle. She slides it under, then turns on the camera so the lens will open and blindly tries to change the zoom setting and just as blindly aims down the pipe. Then she has to turn off the camera to slide it back out.
Buddy: She made a third trip to see if she could get anything better than what she had. I insisted on going along.
Marcus: This is the best she could come up with. It's from trip #2. The bright yellow strips are tiny slivers of sunlight inside the pipe. (Can't use a flash in there.) The gray circle area is the nest and in the nest are the birds. It's just amazing how tiny they are!
Percy: And it's amazing Jan was able to get even that little bit of detail out of this. It's the original picture (looking down the pipe at the nest) before she cropped and played with the picture.
Buddy: While Jan maneuvered the camera under the handle, Marcus stood up and begged to get his face in the picture. The camera was pointing down a pipe and Marcus still tried to photobomb. Now that is dedicated determination!
Marcus: For those of you who asked for updates, when Buddy and I took Jan on our evening walk (4th of the day), I licked the top of the pipe. Jan not only heard the low singing but saw and heard bird wings flapping in the pipe. What kind of bird could be so small?
Percy: Since this is Thankful Thursday, we would like to thank a sweet blogging friend for sending us some kitty and some dog Science Diet. Jan says it is such a blessing. We say let's eat!
Note: Perhaps you have already figured out this is not Thursday. It's been a hectic week and we just learned we lived through two Wednesdays. Please ignore that this is Friday and pretend it's part 2 of yesterday's Thankful Cat in Hat with Scarf post.
PS - Quinn's mom Carol from Catitude blog asked if we would let bloggers know their internet is down until at least next Thursday. The modem died. Also, she's recovering from a bronchial infection and would appreciate your prayers.
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