Tuesday, April 1

Nest & Nurture...



We recently discovered a hummingbird had built her nest in our backyard. It's the third time in the last  several years that these curious little guys have chosen our yard to expand their families. The nest, about the size of an egg, sat precariously where two extension cords came together under our patio. The babies were about a week old when the nest fell from it's perch, unbeknown to us. I over heard the mama bird in a panic one morning, and discovered the collapsed nest and two of the tiniest birds in a small heap on the ground. A quick search online, lead me to local bird heroine Jean who walked me through the steps of assembling a new home base, securing it to it's previous spot or close to it, and then uprighting the babies and their nest, settling them into the new and improved home. It was quiet harrowing especially given the size of my hands, and the minuscule size of the birds (not to mention my own baby bird Ruby toddling along side me the whole way). I'm happy to report that after about 5 days we were delighted to see the babies growing and well as pictured above, another 5 days and they were gone. What a joy it was to see these little ones into the big, wide world; the cycle of life never ceases to amaze me! I hope wonderous things are happening wherever you are.
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