I’ve spent my birding hours by and large obsessed with the sweet Bluebirds. And no wonder–they are treasured friends with whom I have shared the immense joy of two successful nests and the heartbreak of so much else: abandoned nests, overnight attacks, snake annihilation. And so I’ve been tickled this spring to have another birdhouse family to watch. It’s a precious Chickadee couple who’ve taken up residence in a newly placed nestbox placed in perfect view of my dining table bay window. How they dart about, those Chickadees, making my heart sing.
So much so, in fact, I’ve hardly mentioned the front porch nest identified by my cousin, Meg, who knows about such things. She’s a Phoebe, Meg said, when I complained that it was probably a sparrow who would do nothing more than make a mess and attract snakes.
(Still, we’d kept the porch light off and have tried to respect her privacy.)
Until this afternoon, that is, when I made my bird rounds.
First I visited the Chickadee who was hunched down on the nest and didn’t flinch when I opened the viewing hatch.
The bluebird eggs looked fine, but Mama Blue was no where around. This concerns me, I have to say, as she’s abandoned the early nest so many times. (She knows best, I realize. But still.)
And then I cajoled my husband into bringing the big ladder to the front porch where I might get my first good peek at the other nest.
You could of knocked me over with a feather, so to speak.
A whole pack of precious baby birds right there at my front door.
There they were, tucked in behind one of the lanterns that flanks our front door. I can hardly imagine how she built that nest, much less successfully incubated them!
There’s lots of Phoebe feeding to come. And lots of growing to be done by a whole peck of babies in a tiny, tiny space. There’s also a great risk of nest attack, this I know.
So I will keep my fingers crossed, this time for them all–Phoebes, Bluebirds and Chickadees alike.
Oh, Spring. Oh, my. Spring!
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