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Friday, May 9, 2014

Bird Nest Mother's Day

Mommy bird choose to build her nest in between the bathroom window and the bamboo shade on our back porch.
We secured the blind so the nest wouldn't fall..
First there were three eggs, then four and finally five.
A couple of weeks ago, the eggs started hatching...
Each egg cracked opened... and little babies started moving around inside the nest.
We thought that the mother had abandoned the nest at one point. We had not seen her. Then a few days ago... we saw her sitting on top of them again. She must have taken a short vacation... or maybe she was letting them know that the time was coming when they would have to fend for themselves.
A week ago the babies were looking like they were sporting Mohawks. They were still mostly fuzz without feathers.

 Now...they are so big that they are filling the nest with feathers... and they can hardly move. Mom should have built a bigger nest, but this small nest may have a purpose. Kind of a subliminal message... When you outgrow the nest... it's time to go.
I don't know how many have survived. I only see two.
One is looking for bugs on the window sill. It is wearing tail feathers, from the other bird, like a pair of rabbit ears. It's pretty tight quarters in there.

 and the other is looking for Annie Cat through the slats in the blind.

 Wait... what's that? Another little eye and beak underneath one of the birds.
Yes, there are three of them...
Do you see it, underneath the baby on the right? He looks a little smaller. And, maybe it's my imagination, but I think I see another head above the one on the left too.

 Oh, I hope they all learn to fly before they grow out of the nest. I also hope that all five hatched and that there is one more underneath.
Mom was making a lot of commotion this morning. She was telling them to get ready. It's time for flying and she is ready for a vacation.
Happy Mother's Day momma bird. You did a good job. They may be gone and on their own by Sunday and then you can really celebrate.
I will have my sons and grandsons here tomorrow and Mother's Day... so I will have a full nest too.


  1. What a sweet bird story, and that momma and dad sure built an attractive nest. That is a great post for Mothers Day.

  2. What a great story for Mother's Day, love to all the great Momma's!

  3. What a great story for Mother's Day, love to all the great Momma's!

  4. yeah,but you won;t kick yours out!

  5. Oh what a great story for Mothers Day. I hope all the eggs hatched. Love the pictures. Have a wonderful and blessed Mother's Day with your family. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  6. What luck! Isnt it funny to see where they choose to build a nest? Somehow they see a safe, protected spot. They must know where the bird lovers live! Nice photos Connie and yes I think I see at least 4 little birdies...sure is a tight squeeze though!

  7. It's that time of year; I'm preparing a baby bird post, too!

  8. precious and great pictures. We got to view a bird family very close like that once too. They actually started fighting with each other before they flew the nest; a birdie version of, "she's touching me"!
    One moment and they will all leave. I hope you get to see it. Catching that on film would really be a feat.
    Happy mothers day to you

  9. I'm in awe of your shot of the babies hatching - that is so special! How wonderful that the parents knew you would help keep their babies safe. It must have been so much fun watching developments. Enjoy the rest of the time you have left with them - and your own family on Mother's Day.

  10. I, too, am impressed that you were able to get such great photos of the newly hatched babies. They certainly are packed tightly in that nest! Ha. That will keep flying lessons right on schedule. Love this post...Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

  11. awww...so cool...they have hair like mine! smiles....so cool to watch them hatch and grow up...i hope too that you had a great mothers day...smiles.

  12. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. We have a house finch in her nest on our front porch, too high up to photograph well. I worry that her eggs won't hatch, so you give me hope. Tina


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