He was about 20 feet from the evergreen tree containing the nest and when I checked the nest, sure enough, there were only 3 left, so this fellow is definitely in a hurry to see the world. Here are his siblings, still content to stay at home. I suppose there's much more room to relax in now that there are only 3 left at home.
After supper, a line of thunderstorms moved into the area. Here are some of the ominous looking clouds. We listened to the Twin Cities news and saw pictures and stories of the severe storms they'd had earlier in the afternoon. Fortunately for us, these clouds only looked scary. They didn't bring too much rain or wind, and thankfully no hail at all.
I'm kind of a cautious wimp when it comes to storms, but living here up on the top of the hill provides some excellent views of incoming weather and I can always grab the pets and quickly dash to the safety of the basement when that siren starts to wail.