Beautiful and Incredible--but Slightly Inconvenient--Nesting
Okay...firstly, this is incredible. A tiny little bird family on my front porch. But the reason I say it is inconvenient is its location...on a faux bamboo shade to shield the sun from my house on a hot day..today it was 89F/32C. I noticed the bird's nest starting to take shape a few weeks ago and before I knew it I could see a bird sitting in there; I figure she was guarding eggs. I can see the nest from the window next to my computer and glanced out today and saw the little beaks sticking up over the straw. I went out and stood on a chair to get pictures. I didn't want to get too close (I used the zoom) but still the mother flew away when I stood on the chair. I snapped a few quick pictures and got down before momma bird came back with papa and a few of his friends (maybe I've watched too many Alfred Hitchcock movies). She came back almost immediately after getting off the chair. It's night now, and as I type these words I can see her silhouette perched in the nest with her chicks. I'll not be able to use that shade until they leave the nest, I suppose. But it's worth it. Sometimes it's so easy to forget (I'm speaking of myself here) how incredible and amazing the fabric of life is. Things like this help me remember.