Jul 12, 2011

Rise Up This Mornin' Smiled at The Risin' Sun...



Three little birds
Pitch by my door step light fixture...

Such a simple delight to hear Bob Marley in the summertime but to actually be living this song is beyond words for a animal lover like me.  Here is the progression over the past few weeks...

May 13 - Alberta?  Is that you??


I noticed the birds nest go up within days and a nice fat robin standing guard.  For the first few days she would fly out of the nest each time I approached but after a while she became content with the fact that I meant no harm and instead of flying away she would sit and stare at me.  It's as if we had a quick convo to express our intentions.  You don't fly at me and poke out my eyes and I won't mess with you and whatever you have under you in that nest.


I have been told I am not allowed to take any more pets into the house.  Last year we (OK - I)  brought home 2 baby birds that had been abandoned (they didn't make it) and just the other day my neighbor brought me an egg that had fallen from it's nest (also didn't make it due to another fall it had in our house...).  I know some will shame me for taking them and trying to raise them but once the bird is out of the nest they are subjected to all sorts of dangers besides these grubby little hands...cats, cars, bikes, and other predators to name a few.  Most of the times once they fall the mothers abandon them because they can no longer protect them and, though I am no mother, I can't leave anything helpless on it's own.  The good news for Alberta here (I always name my pets...even if they don't live in the house) is that she has built her own nest and is quite healthy.  I won't have to feed her or try to keep her warm in a shoe box.  I like to look out the window and see her perched there and when she is missing I wonder where she went off to.


June 3 - Signs of Life...

Alberta has had been in her nest a bit more than usual but one day as I went out to the garden I saw a different sight.  1 tiny little beak hanging over the side of the nest...


My curiosity got the better of me and by the end of the day I had to know how many were in there.  I took a step stool and my camera and carefully reached over the nest to take a picture of what was inside.  They say if you touch a nest or get your scent on it the bird won't come back for her babies so I made sure to be very very careful.  And there they were...3 little birds (though you can only see 2 here)...


Some might be bothered by such a thing - a new family taking up residence in your light fixture and possibly creating a fire hazard were someone to turn on said fixture and burn the garage down - but not me.  I could never be bothered by such a thing.  I get to see them each day and watch their progress.  This is such a treat!

June 6 - Gathering Strength

In a few quick days this particular birdie has grown enough strength to lift his head and flop it over the side which at times makes me wonder if the others are still alive.  We have been going through a heat spell and I haven't seen Alberta around for awhile.  Did my proximity to her nest scare her off?  Perhaps she is worried I will sell the pics to the paparazzi which I can assure you I would never participate in such a thing.  Where can she be??

 


June 8 - Hammock Time

I shared this with my Facebook friends this week but I feel compelled to show you all what a freak I am.  This weekend we were heading out of town and I was concerned for the birdies safety.  Alberta is back and doing her best to feed these hungry little beasts.  They seem quite ravaged all the time and it is no wonder why when I have seen how fast they have grown.  Dad has been swooping in as well which is nice to know that Alberta is not a single mom...I can only imagine how hard it would be to raise triplets on your own.  I have decided to staple fabric under the nest to create a hammock for the birdies in case they get pushed out by one another.  It took a few tries for the mom and dad to learn how to fly into the nest from the sides but with a few failed attempts came success and now it is second nature to them...



June 12 - Bigger and Bigger Every Day

My 3 little birds are no longer little.  They have real feathers, their eyes are open, and they are squeaking for food constantly.  They sit and watch me walk by and only the runt of the bunch seems afraid.  They are so big that Alberta has no choice but to feed them then fly off for she can no longer sit on them...though sometimes I see her try.  I wonder where she goes to rest?  They must have a cozy 2 bedroom condo overlooking the nest.  I know Alberta is a smarty pants for picking such a prime location (not to mention a sucker of a landlord) in proximity to my garden.  I often find her taking baths in my water bucket and picking grubs from my garden.  More power to her.  

Ill keep you all updated of their progress.  I secretly hope that they will stick around and become my foster birdies once Alberta moves on but I won't hold my breath.  Like a good mommy (taught by the best) I know these birds need to spread their wings and fly...who am I to hold them back?  But just so they know, there will always be a nest waiting for them...right where they left it.  





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