April 6, 2009

Sure Signs of Spring - Baby Bird Nest Relocation

Yesterday turned out to be the perfect Spring Day - the sun was shining brightly, the birds were chirping loudly, and the weather actually got to about 67 degrees, though it took most of the day to achieve that goal since it was in the 30's overnight. Hubby did take the chainsaw to the apple tree (I knew I should have been out 'directing' him, he kind of mauled it pretty good, but there will be plenty of apples on it as he left a lot of the 1-year runners intact - once the leaves start growing in, the poor tree won't look so......pitiful.)

At any rate, when he removed one of the larger branches to allow more sunlight (and a more 'upright' growth pattern) for my fruit cocktail tree (yes, you read that right - it will bear nectarines, peaches, plums, and apricots all from the same tree. I also have a 5-on-1 apple tree - but I suppose I'll do a detailed post on all my unique plants another day). Back to that branch...after hubby was done with the mutilation of the apple tree, I asked him if he was careful about the nest that was residing in that tree. Apparently not.

It was luckily still embedded in one of the branches he had removed - and upon further inspection, we discovered there was an egg still in the nest. We also discovered a baby bird that had to have been in the nest that was now lying next to the tree...poor baby bird! It was still alive, thankfully, so he decided to move the nest from the cut branch back to the tree. I told him to be sure he put some gloves on so as not to get his man-smell on the nest or baby bird, or all would be lost. He complied. And of course I had to take pictures of the nest and its real live contents... :)

The nest carefully put back into the tree:

The baby bird huddled in the nest:

You can sort of see his beak - he started to raise his head as I was taking pictures:



The mommy bird returned to the nest and was sitting on the baby and the egg:

The Princess Nagger bird watching with her toy binoculars:


Later I got a little bit better shot of the mommy on the nest, since she flew off the first time:
If that's not a significant first sign of Spring, I don't know what is. I'll keep you posted on how the baby bird is doing... :)

23 Random Sassy Comments:

Missy said...

That is so awesome that you guys saved the nest and it's inhabitants. BTW, love Nagger's boots.

LT said...

What a great spring story! I'm glad the mommy bird came back to the nest.

I am Harriet said...

Bird stalkers!

FYI- it's snowing here :(

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

What kind of bird is that? Is it a dove? Hard to tell.
LOL at PN wearing galloshes when it's not raining!

Justine :o )

Sherry said...

Glad the mama bird came back to the nest. :) How fun to get to watch the baby grow!

steenky bee said...

Fruit coctail tree? Are you mad, woman? You are playing God with fruit! I can honestly say that I never thought I'd say those words. Thank you for letting me have this chance.

Shanda said...

Awesome photos! I'm so glad that you relocated the birds!! I love those first signs of spring!

Your daughter is adorable! (Love the binoculars!)

smiles4u said...

What great pictures of your bird nest. Great job in saving it and the birds. My most favorite is of your daughter sitting with her legs crossed, looking through her binoculors...love her boots. What a cutie pie she is!

blueviolet said...

That is just wonderful! I'm so glad mama bird accepted her baby bird back. You just never know even though hubby took proper precautions.

We have some baby hatching going on here too but it's up too high for me to see.

jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

I'm glad Momma and baby are OK. You really got some nice pictures. Can you just imagine what was going on in her little bird mind??? I go out to get some food and look at what happens to my house while I was gone...kids!!!

Anissa said...

That was a great shot! Can't wait to see pictures of the baby birds. That has spring written all over it!

I'm having a recipe swap today come on over and check it out!

Jonny's Mommy said...

This is such an awesome sight to see! How exciting for you and your daughter! The photos are just precious!

Mrs Cooper said...

So cool that you saved the nest. Keep us posted on this one.

Kate Smedley said...

Such sweet photos, so glad you managed to save it, sounds like you had a great day.

Kathy B! said...

I'm so relieved that the mama bird came back to the nest. Yay, for happy endings :)

On an unrelated note, how do you watermark your photos?! I'd like to start doing that with my own...

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

How cool :) Love all the pictures :) BTW you won my Purple Trail Giveaway don't know did you receive my email!!!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Lovely pictures. And I LOOOVE baby birds and nests. I save them all the time.

I've never heard of a fruit cocktail tree though. That is amazing!

Yaya said...

The poor birdies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Nice One said...

How cool!
We had to do that one summer...a family of birds built their nest inside of our roof and we had to relo them...yea...anyway...it was really fun for the kids!

Yaya said...

PS I wanna hear more about those trees!

Casey said...

I'm so glad the mother bird came back and approved of the relocated nest!

Also, were you serious about the fruit cocktail tree? I've never heard of such a thing, it sounds Willy Wonkaish.

Megan said...

Awwww...so great you were able to relocate the next and have Mommy bird still come back to it.

PN is so cute watching with her binoculars. =)

Megan said...

um, that should say neSt. cold hands typing.