Ask any parent and they'll tell you - it's a tough job! I heard from a friend that Baltimore Orioles were nesting near the lake, so I went looking for them on Saturday afternoon when the thunderstorms let up. I've never seen Orioles before, so I was excited.
While I was looking up in the tree for the nest I kept hearing an incessant chirping from behind me, but no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find the bird it was coming from. That's when I saw this female* Oriole approach. She was darting from the fence to the tree, and I noticed she had a berry in her beak. Suddenly it dawned on me where the chirping was coming from. I set my lens on the grass and sure enough, almost completely hidden in the grass laid a helpless baby Oriole. The high winds from the thunderstorms must have blown the poor thing out of it's nest!
I realized mom was trying to get to her baby to feed it but that I was standing to close for her comfort. I backed away to give her space to approach and watched as she diligently fed the peeping baby. Unfortunately the nest was too high for me to reach, so I had no choice but to leave the baby Oriole there in the grass. I can only hope it will learn to fly before some hungry predator finds it.
* I am assuming this is a female Baltimore Oriole, but they vary in appearance so much I'd be happy to know if I'm wrong!