Friday, June 10, 2011

Getting Ready!


The blue birdhouse mounted on our shed was given to us about 15 years ago by dear neighbors of ours; Jim & Delsie. They have since passed away but are always remembered for their love for people and nature. They were wonderful examples to us and we miss them dearly.

Every year we have to laugh at the Starlings who attempt to squeeze their fat little bodies in the tiny hole. Needless to say (and very thankful at that) they are unable to nest in that box.

A few years ago a Robin decided to build her nest ON TOP of the birdhouse. For two years, we had Eastern Bluebirds raise families in the house. They were fantastic parents, weren't shy around us at all and we were able to experience every one of their babies fledge.

(Public domain photo)

This year we have a family of Song Sparrows who decided to take up residence. They too are wonderful parents flitting back and forth feeding their little ones who are themselves about ready to leave the nest. These little sparrows aren't shy either. Just this morning as I was having coffee, sitting on my porch swing and working on a Ladies Bible Study I will be teaching in a couple of weeks, the male decided to sit on the deck with me as well (I could almost reach out and pet him).

The picture only shows two little ones peeking their heads out when in fact there are three. I've tried to get a picture of all three but they just won't let me.


Here's a couple of pictures with the parents feeding the babes:



I venture to say that the little ones are getting ready to leave the nest any day. They keep venturing out a little further each time I see them.

(Click on each photo to get a closer look.)

4 comments:

The Tame Lion said...

Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the visit. :)

VintageFeedsacks said...

Hi Lucy,

Thank you for the comments. I do understand your anger and frustration. Here in Washington we have some of the toughest animal abuse/cruelty laws in the country, but this was my father! How do you call the authorities on your own father?

TheCrankyCrow said...

Sweet baby bird pictures, Lucy! And how awesome is that that you have such a special reminder of what-sounds-to-be some very special neighbors!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Kathryn D. Duke said...

such nice close ups...thanks for sharing!!

good to hear about your Bible study...