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July 28, 2013

Our Babies Have Left the Nest

For those that have been following me, you know it's not my kids that have left! Jackson turns six in less than a week, and Brady is 4. What did leave were our baby birds.

I shared a post earlier that showed our very first bird nest in our bird house. Unfortunately, the mama died. We think the cat next door got her. After four days of rain, I went to check on the eggs, and the poor mama was in the house. Ryan was called immediately to help with the situation.

I cleared out the nest, and not long after, another family moved in! To no avail... The eggs weren't hatching, so I finally researched how long it takes for that to happen. It had been longer than that, and we hadn't seen any birds flying in and out. So, sadly, I cleared that nest out, too. Our neighbor, who is a bird expert, told me birds won't take over an old nest. They will only build them from scratch.

Shortly after, another nest appeared. Third time's a charm! Eventually, three baby birds hatched. We got to see them when they hadn't even opened their eyes! The boys loved it!!
We checked on them quite a bit, but the parents didn't like that too much. They perched on the neighbor's playhouse and watched us. One time the roof came off of the house, and as Ryan and I were putting it back on, both mama and daddy came diving at us! That should explain why this next picture isn't the best; I was snapping as I protected myself!
I was hoping to get to see them learn to fly, but before we knew it, they were gone. It was such a fun experience, especially with the boys. I cleared out their nest in hopes of a new family of birds.


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4 comments:

  1. I'm so happy that we were able to see the baby bluebirds when we visited you all, Erin! What a special experience for the boys!

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  2. Such great pictures, I love taking pictures of birds and I would love to get a picture like that of the babies, it is the coolest thing...thanks for sharing the little sweeties..

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  3. Oh how precious. I am sure the children love watching them grow. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  4. We had a pair of barn swallows build a nest on our front porch this spring. Normally, I don't allow such things but before I could dissuade them, they had already laid eggs. So we watched and took pictures each day or two. They raised 3 chicks! Before I could get out there and take the nest down, they laid MORE eggs! Perhaps I should add a blog about it, too. Thanks for sharing your family's experience. Isn't nature fun to watch!!

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