Saturday, April 25, 2009

They're back...

The loss of the hummingbird chicks was heartbreaking. It was sad that they were devoured by a hungry blue jay, lurking in my backyard. However, a couple of days before the tragic end of the chicks, other birds have been building a nest nearby.

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A few feet away this pigeon had scoured the area and had built a nest in this same basket they have occupied a few times before.




Yesterday I found this pigeon inside the basket, with some twigs for bedding.



And, lo and behold, I found two eggs. From what I remember they usually lay 2.


Last year I was about to throw away my old straw hat, then I though, maybe, I


should hang it in my pergola, for the birds to build their nest. And to my surprise, they did! I made sure it was away from the reach of cats or rats. Hopefully, the blue jay won't get to it.

I took a ladder to get to peer inside the hat and I found some baby finches. I don't know exactly how many they are, but I'm sure there are more than two. A few days more and they would be big enough to fly and be on their own. Right now they are being fed by both parents. I see them fly in to bring the food and take turns feeding the brood.

Here's crossing my fingers that they make it out of the nest and enjoy their adulthood, and come back next year.


14 comments:

Joy said...

Sometimes the cycle of life can be a downer. Well, it's nice to know that other birds have come to nest in your backyard.

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Nance said...

What a joy to witness all these, Mari! Now we'll just hope that these chicks will make it this time.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

That little thing is so cute!
It is amazing how the little creature can touch our hearts. :)

Pacey said...

Thanks for dropping by my page. It's all amazing to see life being brought to the world and you are one lucky person to have and appreciate the simplicity of everything. Nice posts here. :)

nona said...

I hope the blue jay won't smell them. Sana lumaki sila agad...tell the mother to stay with the little ones while the father is away para may bantay hehe.

Mari said...

Joy,
I'm glad the pigeon came back this year.


Nance,
I'm crossing my fingers.


Grace,
They do touch our hearts.


Pacey,
Yeah, they are a delight to watch.

Care to link?

Mari said...

Nona,
Sana nga di maamoy sila. LOL

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

Want to say, Hello Mari,

regards,

vk

backpacking philippines said...

interesting...birds nesting in your home...it's some sort of documentary

Sandy said...

This is really great! I have so rarely found a nest around here, only happened a few times.

Mari said...

vicki,
It's so nice of you to drop by. I'm well. Thanks. I hope you're doing fine yourself.

Take care.


backpacker,
I guess, they love to come to my place.


Sandy,
For the past couple of years, the pigeons have been nesting in the same basket. The same with the hummingbirds in the shell thingy. We just love to have them around.

Pacey said...

Thanks for the visit again Mari. Looking forward for more wonderful stories and posts here. :)

Ebie said...

I love to hear birds chirping early in the morning. The parol reminds me of home. Yes, I live in Noho, and we could be neighbors. Thanks for the visit.

dodong flores said...

I hope there will be no blue jays for them...