We had been watching the blue birds build the nest for several days. The time came for the egg-laying, we were so excited, this had been the third try for them.
For the prior two had ended in disaster, the first eggs a rat snake had gotten into, the second we don't know what happened the baby's had just vanished.
Anyway this time things looked like they were going to turn out okay.
When the nestlings were ten days old the female failed to return to the nest, we assumed something had happened to her.
The male kept up his duties just like clock-work, when on the twelfth day the male failed to return.
We decided to try and feed them ourselves with whatever insects we could catch. When it came time for them to fledge we noticed only one came out of the box, to our dismay, when we opened the box we found three of the birds dead.
We have taken the only survivor "Petie" into our care and doing the best we can in order for him to make it on his own.
I have five new cardinals nested in my dish. Videos are taken in 48 minutes clips due to memory stick capacity.
They are five days old today 5/7/09
Mama was nesting and PAPA has been helping with feeding. The 48 minute video clip yesterday afternoon saw no Mama, but Papa did feed twice during that period and Mama has not showed up this morning.I think harm has come to her.
I could easily feed the young ones though my window if Papa doesn't come back, but read here that's not a good thing to do.
I had just put our newborn baby boy down for a nap, when our seven year old son came running in.
He had found a tiny bird on top of our patio roof and wanted us to take a look. Sure enough, there it was, just a couple of days old with no feathers at all.
After being unable to find out where it may have come from, we decided that we would have to try to take care of it.
Upon showing it to my neighbor, she suggested that we bring the bird down to the local bird rescue in town.
When I placed the call the woman on the phone said that she couldn't possibly take any more birds but that she would come right over and teach me how to take care of mine.
Soon, she was at my door armed with a box of baby birds that she had been caring for and a large manual for me to read.
Then she said,"You know that you must take these baby birds with you wherever you go!".
I already had my hands full trying to care of our newborn son, and taking on another "baby" wasn't what I had in mind. "Also," she said, on Wednesday evenings, we have baby bird parenting classes that you should come to." I politely declined.
So began the most intense two weeks I had experienced in a long time. Every 30 minutes I would feed the baby bird then turn around to feed our newborn son every two hours then change diapers and clean up after the baby bird.
The woman from bird rescue was so pleased that she asked if I could take in a whole nest of baby crows. I declined that as well.
Finally, the baby bird was old enough to be released and with a sigh of relief, we let him fly off. The very next day I hear a tapping at my glass sliding door.
I look down and what do I see; but another baby bird that had fallen out of a tree with it's beak pressed up against the glass!
One day as I was out in the backyard I saw something run past me really fast. I followed it & saw that it was a baby bird.
It ran through the chain link fence to where I couldn't get to it. Of course since I am an animal lover & didn't know if it had fallen out of the nest I wanted to check & see if it was alright.
So, I ran into the house to get my mom & told her that there was some kind of baby bird in the yard but I didn't know what kind it was.
So we went out front & caught it. It perched on our fingers so we knew that it was a fledgling. I held it while my mom went inside & called some friends of ours that work with a wildlife rehabilitation program.
Our friend asked us if the bird was injured & we said we didn't think it was, so she said to let it go, watch it for a few minutes & see what happened.
We let it go & it hopped around a little. It had been chirping this whole time & it continued to.
We saw two grown robins coming towards it on the ground & thought maybe they were its parents.
Sure enough the baby robin went towards the two grown ones & they went off together.