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Four Little Mothers

Posted by Patience on July 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Nature
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Weeks ago a tiny bird flew into our screened porch and built a nest in the pot given to me by a dear friend years ago when I moved into her neighborhood. It said "Welcome to the Fan." I couldn't get past the part that the bird was building in a place that actually welcomed her. Little things like this make me happy. She spent all day working hard, we left the back door open for her as good friends do for each other. The next week she left and we didn't see her again.

We didn't really think too much of it until one night when Jorge and the kids were helping to set the table outside for dinner on the porch. Everything causes a commotion in our house so in all the hustle of getting ready, we missed this:
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Jorge saw and heard it first. "Everyone off the porch!" The mother bird was going nuts. We all quickly grapped the entire dinner off the table and headed inside. We had been banished from the porch as it was now a nursery. Everyday for the next week Jorge and the kids would check on the babies and make sure the mom hadn't left them over our looming presence the first day. Jorge called every night we were away on vacation to give us a baby bird update. Is wasn't long before they left and everyone was in shock how fast it had all gone.

"They sure grow up fast." Jackie boy said.
"Yeah, I hope they will be alright." Josiah said.

These are the conversations of mothers.

Any old bird stories at your house? I think every kid at one point or another has this experience. Do you remember?

2 Comments

Amber writes...

I have never actually seen a bird in a nest. And I grew up in a rural area, too. I feel as if I've missed something.

That's so great how that bird built her nest in a place that literally welcomed her. How marvelous! It makes me smile to think about it. :)

kelly writes...

sigh. we rescued a baby blue jay from the alley beside our house. one of its siblings had already been smushed by a car; we were afraid this little bird would have the same fate. we brought it into our yard and there it sat in the same place for two days. both mama and daddy bird were around; we left it alone to be cared for by the parents (and to avoid being attacked by those notoriously aggressive blue jays!) then on the second day it just put its face into the grass, spread its wings out over the grass and...died. i know. what a horrible story, right? i didn't have the heart to tell my two year old son, who had been totally in love with the bird, even singing it lullabies. so we said the mommy and daddy bird had come and taken the birdie away. my son turned his face to the sky and yelled, "BYE BYE BABY BIRDIE! WE LOVE YOU!"

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