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Birds of a Feather

by Linsey Lanier

WARNING: Some pictures in this post may make sensitive viewers a little nauseated. :eek:

Carol’s been bl

ogging about her phoebes lately, so not to be outdone, I thought I’d tell you about the feathered creatures who have taken refuge in our carport. Especially after hubby got his cell phone and took some photos.

First of all, we’ve had a birth. Several of them, in fact. No, not me. It’s a mama robin.

Here are her four little chick-a-dees, all eager for a bite of food. (Kids can be so demanding.)

Hubby noticed this nest and the mama sitting on it for weeks and we anxiously awaited the hatching, hoping theneighborhood cat wouldn’t discover them before the little ones had a chance.

And here they finally are.

Hubby’s read they’ll fly away in about three weeks. They grow up so soon.

To the right is the proud Mama out hunting for grub, or earthworms. A mother’s job is never done. (Please excuse the weeds.)

In the middle of our carport sits the empty nest of the first invaders–I mean visitors

(though they acted like we were renting from them).

Their babies flew the coop about a week ago. We weren’t sure what type of bird this was, but the mother was small and gray.

Hubby thinks she was a Tufted Titmouse.

The mother was very protective, flying out of the nest every time we pulled up, trying to distract us. Lucky for her, we aren’t feline. (By the way, please ignore the white stain on the rafter. We’ll have to paint again. Sigh.)

And speaking of that stain, here’s the final photo (see above warning before looking). Our feathered tenants certainly made a mess, but at least they missed the car. Anyone know a good pressure washer?

So what has your spring been like?

 

Carol Burnside - May 8, 2012 - 1:18 am

How cute they are! Kudos to your Hubby for taking pics for us to enjoy and endure. ;)

I’ll have more news on my Phoebe family later in the month, but let me just say the mess was much more…er…widespread than yours. More’s the pity for my deck. :D

Tami Brothers - May 8, 2012 - 6:00 am

Ohhhh! Cute! No nests with baby birds on our house, though The Kid has tried to coax them. :)

We do have about 30 baby Geese that have just hatched in the little lake across the road from us (behind the neighbor’s house). They are adorable. We watch them waddle across the road every day to the pecan orchard down the road to eat bugs. We’ve driven really slow to take some close pictures. I’ll post some on my blog this week to share.

Of course, with the cute comes the yuck. Picture those white splotches all over the road, but change the color to black. Since we walk Princess Bella daily, we do a lot of stepping over splats. And of course, Princess Bella had to stop and smell EVERY SINGLE SPLAT!

But the cute still outweighs the yuck. Especially since I don’t have to clean it up. ;)

Thanks a ton for sharing these with us. You and Carol really make me excited for spring and all the babies we will be seeing. Can’t wait to see more!!!

Tami :alien:

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 7:01 am

Oh dear, Carol. Sorry for your mess. Hubby went out and cleaned up the driveway the other day, so that’s taken care of, at least. Looking forward to your next post.

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 7:02 am

Tami, tell The Kid you have to grow up and not really want the little visitors. That’s when they come, lol.

Thirty baby geese! You have to take some photos and share. But I can imagine the mess. At least it’s not your driveway or deck.

Maxine - May 8, 2012 - 8:24 am

Linsey,
To me, they are cute at a distance – a great distance. I have bluebirds in my box and that will suffice. I do love sitting out there watching all the birds that come around, especially when I have the food out there. Enjoyed your post!

Marilyn Baron - May 8, 2012 - 9:04 am

Cute picture and I enjoyed your post. I am trying to attract more birds to my backyard. They’re out there naturally, but my next project is to buy a birdhouse so I can watch the birds closer to the deck. The birds are coming around since we put up a bird feeder, but I’d like to see what happens when we put out a bird house. Meanwhile, we’re enjoying watching all the flowers bloom in the backyard.

Sandra Elzie - May 8, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Hi Linsey,
Loved the post. I have a nest in a bush outside my office window, but I haven’t searched inside for the babies…yet. I just see mom & dad flying in and out.

Spring has brought a new floor for our deck (thanks to hubby) and he wasn’t even finished before dome dirty bird had christened it.
Oh well.

Sia Huff - May 8, 2012 - 3:13 pm

We don’t have anything to attract the birds to our house but they come and sit on the back deck watching the yard. Cardinals, bluebirds, robins and some others I can’t identify.
Bunny rabbits are by the fence row, munching on grass and playing tag with Honey, our yellow lab.
I love spring but the pollen is driving me crazy.

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Hi Maxine. Unfortunately, they chose the distance, LOL. I love bluebirds. Which some of those would come to roost.

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Thanks, Marilyn. Hubby was talking about a birdhouse, but I’ve had enough of our feathered friends for awhile. I hear you can get them with one plexiglass wall so you can watch them inside.

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Glad you liked it, Sandy. Sorry about your deck! Someone should invent a diaper for birds. Hope you get to see your chicks soon.

Linsey Lanier - May 8, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Oh, that scene sounds so idyllic, Sia. Wish I were out there with you, sipping tea.

Pam Asberry - May 8, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Aw! Thanks for sharing your story, Linsey, and the great pictures, too. Oh, the sacrifices we have to make sometimes. But it sounds like it was well worth it!

Susan Carlisle - May 9, 2012 - 12:10 am

Sweet little kittens were our spring treat.

Linsey Lanier - May 9, 2012 - 8:08 am

Glad you liked the pics, Pam. The biggest sacrifice is that now the little ones have grown too big for the nest and all flown away. Sniff. Perhaps they’ll be back next spring.

Linsey Lanier - May 9, 2012 - 8:08 am

Oh now that sound adorable, Susan. Hope you have pictures to post. :)

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