Looks like we have some new neighbors! The boys and I discovered a Mother Robin bird and her nest today on a corner post of the fence in our backyard.
The boys were so curious about the bird's nest. I explained to them that the mommy bird may have eggs and baby birds in there, and that it was their home. We got into deep, deep discussion with lots of questions: "Are the birds our neighbors?" "Can we feed them?" "Can I have the eggs?" "Mommy, can you buy them some worms?" "Can we keep the baby birds?" Etc. There were lots of questions, but most importantly... they wanted to go outside and SEE the birds right away. After a quick chat about not scaring the birds, getting too close or being too loud. We ventured out.
Mom, was sitting on her nest. Looks like Dad isn't too far away, holding the perimeter.
It looked to me like "he" kept bringing food back for her/them. The boys insisted that we stick a piece of bread on the tree for our new neighbors. (and so we did) LOL
I am BEYOND curious to see inside the nest now. Hmmm... I'm going to have to get a little closer and a little higher. Oh, boy...
OH MY GOODNESS 2 eggs AND 2 hatchlings! AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! Wow, now I'm in Mommy mode. We had a heavy rainstorm this morning, and I'm concerned the two that hatched are deceased. They never moved when I was viewing the nest. I didn't want to upset the parent birds by staying close for too long, but I was fascinated. However, immediately after getting this shot, mom/dad started flying over my head and I JUMPED down off of my electrical box sooo fast. Nick said "WOWWWWWWWWWW Mommy, the bird gonna peck you!" and my dear Nathan started to laugh uncontrollably.
(I think he WANTED the bird to peck me!) LOL
So... naturally we're fascinated by all this. The boys want to get a bird house and food. I'm just as eager to keep watch for the remaining eggs to hatch and just observe their growth and habits. Snap a few photos. What a neat experience of nature! I'll take the boys to the library to find an age appropriate book about Robins!