The Chosen One
by Nancy Pulliam
We have a very large, covered patio that has never been finished. There are 30+ cubbies for birds to nest as they so choose.
Unfortunately, much damage is done to our furniture during nesting season. Over the years, I have found objects to place in the slots which are quite amusing to the eye.
It has taken years to find just the right object because robins are very strong and persistent in their nesting drive. Yes, I have been dive-bombed and attacked by robins desperate to nest!
I noticed that I had succeeded in blocking all areas and felt content that my spring/summer would be poop free!
One day, I went to water my hanging basket and noticed mud droppings under the basket. I got a ladder and looked inside. Low and behold, there was the most exquisite mud nest I had ever seen.
It was then that I looked over to the fence and saw the robin. I stood there on that ladder and looked for the longest time at this beautiful red bird that had put so much effort into her soon to be babies. I said, "Mama, today is your lucky day. You are the chosen one to stay."
I watched as they built the perfect nest and produced three glistening blue eggs. A week later, I noticed one egg was missing. I decided that there wasn't enough room for three babies in the nest and nature took its course.
The two babies hatched and provided my husband and I with so much entertainment and learning experiences. We watched the babies grow too big for the nest.
Mama bird waited close by and the biggest baby left first. It was early in the morning but it was flapping its wings like it was ready to go the night before. The second one left the morning after. A wave of sadness fell over me. I missed this amazing bird family!
Today, we are watching those babies feeding in our yard. They have returned and probably never left the area. Thanks to your website, I have placed my ugly hanging basket back up with hope that "The Chosen One" will return.