Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The birds have been busy this spring!

The kids have discovered two nests with eggs in the yard. This one is at the top of the slide near their swingset. They put a wooden shelf that they made up there and some bird brain decided that would be a good place to build a nest and lay eggs.

If you look closely you can see a piece of the tarp from the shed that made it into the nest materials (it's blue near the bottom).  I wonder if the bird is rethinking her choice of a home since the kids disturb her about once a day to peek at the eggs.

The kids also found a second nest on an old tree out back that is covered with grapevines.  There were four eggs in this nest.  The eggs are also a fabulous aqua blue color, but bigger than the ones in the swing-set nest.

Imagine their surprise when they went to check on the eggs and instead found these alien creatures.  Baby birds are quite freaky looking, but they certainly know how to eat!

The three fuzz balls.  More wisps than feathers.  About 1 day old.  It was nice of Momma bird to put this nest at eye level!

If you look closely, you can see the fourth egg that has yet to hatch (or not).