Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Signs of Spring

We've been working diligently around Whitney's house both inside and out. The painting and remodeling is progressing and as soon as I get my act together I'll share some of our before/after pictures. In the meantime, we've also been sprucing up outside as well.

I bought 2 ferns for the front porch a few weeks ago. As I was watering them one day I was scared to death when a bird flew out of the fern. Upon further inspection I found this.

This was when we only had 1 egg. She laid 5 total. 

That mama bird was guarding her nest. Whitney has since become equally as protective of this nest and has forbid me from watering my fern for fear that I'll disrupt this nest. I wasn't as happy about this as he was, but after a little google searching I now know all you need to know about wren gestation.

Here's what that egg is going to look like in about 6 months.

I did the math and based on when I found our wren nest I figured we should be having babies yesterday. Sure enough, Whitney helped gently move mama bird out of the nest so I could see how our babies were doing. (AKA - knock on the bottom of the pot while being prepared to do some karate chopping). Yesterday we had some baby birds!

All 5 babies!

Based on my calculations they'll be with us for about 2 weeks before they'll "spread their wings and fly". (Sorry, cheesy, I know). My website says they usually fall from the nest before they actually learn to fly and may live on the ground for a day or two. So, we're working on  creating a nice, soft landing for them on the porch so I don't end up with a crime scene. 

As most proud parent's do, I'll post an update on the kids long before they move out and leave us with an empty nest! (sorry, again!)

1 comment:

Amy R. said...

Wow! This is so cool. I love to watch nature:)