We had an awesome visitor or visitor(S) to our house in April in May… in early April Emma started to notice that a bird was building a nest on the fan on our back porch. This fan is directly outside our windows so we had a front row seat as this Mommy and Daddy bird built their nest, cared for their eggs, and ultimately taught their babies to fly away. It was so awesome. Feel free to call me the “bird lady” but I took a lot of pictures! I tried to jot down all of the dates and will list things in order here:
April 7th- this is the first day that Emma noticed the birds making a nest. At first the nest was kind of messy and disorganized but every day they worked on it until it became a very solid structure.
We had kind of forgotten about the nest for a couple of weeks until the weather was nice… we were on the back porch and I noticed that the Momma bird flew away when we came outside. It dawned on me that she may have been sitting on eggs! I put a mirror up to the nest and sure enough there were Four little blue eggs! This was taken on April 21st.
That dedicated Momma bird sat on those eggs almost 24 hours a day. Occasionally the Daddy bird would come over to the nest to talk to her. She often flew away when me or the kids went onto the back porch but on occasion she sat on the nest even with us outside! Sometimes we could see her attempting to rotate the eggs with her feathers and feet. This picture was taken on April 27th.
Here is the Daddy bird sitting on the fence far away from the nest just “keeping watch.” He was always close by!
April 28th: 3 of the birds are hatched! We noticed a lot of commotion in the nest. The Mom kept sticking her beak in the nest and the Daddy was making frequent visits… this was because three of the babies were born!
April 29th: All of the eggs are hatched! 4 beautiful baby birds!
Over the next several days we saw the Mommy and Daddy bird do a LOT of feeding! These babies were always hungry. It wore me out watching the parents feed them. I know it’s ridiculous but I drove to a pet store and bought some mealworms for the babies. I put them out in the lawn and while they weren’t gone right at first, the next morning they were all gone. I like to think that the Mom and Dad found them and fed them to their babies!
April 30- I love this picture- 2 of the babies sticking their heads up saying “Feed me Momma!”
May 1st- here is the Daddy bird feeding some of the babies! That first week the Mom and Dad took turns feeding the babies. It was really a team effort!
The day the birds chose to fly away was Mother’s Day, May 10th. So fitting! We had just gotten home from church and we sat and watched the Mom and Dad teach the babies how to fly. It was amazing. Of course one of the babies was the “most brave” and chose to fly first. The last one was so frail and scared. We think that all 4 will grow up to be beautiful healthy birds. We hope that they chose to use our porch fan as a nesting place next Spring as well. What an awesome experience for all of us to watch!
Here is the Daddy bird on the ground watching all of his babies fly away.