Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Sad Day

Waking up to the rain, was depressing after a wonderful long-awaited day of sunshine yesterday. But more than that some the most disturbing thing happened. My husband informed me that the robin's nest was invaded by a predator and all of the birds were devoured. Devastating! He cleaned up the remains so that the children would not find out. I will tell them that the babies are old enough to fly (I just won't tell them that they've flown off to the promise land)

As if that is not depressing enough, Our little friend is no longer tapping at our window. My husband power washed the house with a solution of bleach and water and apparently he doesn't like the smell. So... for all of you that are annoyed by the birds flying into your windows I guess we've found the cure. I, personally, liked his presence but I have seen articles of others who find it a nuisance.

I guess the rain is appropriate after all.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Robin's Gift of Life

As the days go by, rain or shine, our little friend continues his daring dash at the window-but that is not what I am here to write about today...

A few days ago, my husband found a robin's nest on the fence in our yard. There are three baby birds in it. Newborns, sitting there with their beaks upturned awaiting their mother's deliveries. They are only days old and every time I peek at them it's the same sight- yellow beaks open wide. Still and silent. Other than the faint shivering, you wouldn't know they were alive.

Their mother is never far from them- just go near the nest and you' ll realize that! She comes a squawking protecting her young if you get too close. She lands on the fence with her beak overflowing with food, looks around and then drops the food into the mouths of her babes.

Neither my husband, nor I had ever seen baby birds before. I feel blessed. It's like National Geographic--live. What a marvelous sight, nature at work.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Yesterday, while I was cleaning my pool of all the winter debris, my little friend watched in the distance. I enjoyed the company tremendously! I'm fascinated to see him claim his territory. We bought the land when we bought the house, but it all means squat to him. LOL I love it. That's the way it should be!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Our little friend" is what we have been referring to our backyard bird as. He has cooled down a bit with the window pecking. He is no longer tapping his beak at the window from dawn to dusk. He is pecking periodically, but has started venturing away from the rhododendron throughout the day. I love watching him explore his surroundings as he takes claim of our land to the other birds in our yard. I will keep you posted.