Remember these two?
Our bamboo plants are hot property for sun birds wanting a place to nest. Every year, we get about 1 – 2 pairs setting up home in our planter. While I tend to get all excited, The Hubs has a tendency to … well, not tell me about the nests if he can help it.
You see, I’m a big softie when it comes to animals. And when you have me for a wife, it means you spend hours of your life poking around drains and bushes looking for the cat/kitten that sounds like it needs help. The poor Hubs once spent 2 hours in a carpark balancing off a ladder and coaxing a cat down from a ledge because I refused to believe that the bloody cat could jump down by itself. This routine can get quite tiring.
It’s been the same thing with birds who nest at our house. I can’t seem to mind my own business.
Unfortunately for The Hubs, these birds have proven to be rather … bird-brained. They pick the weakest branches to build their nests. The nests are also often badly structured with little tolerance for wind or rain. When a crow comes round, they panic and set me off in a panic as well. So every time a nest falls, I rush in to pick up/save/secure the nests or at times save the baby birds. Each time, The Hubs tries to stop me from messing with nature which usually ends with me teary-eyed or in the one instance of a baby bird who had fallen, bawling my eyes out. Not one of my finest moments in this marriage. So these days, he just keeps quiet about new nests and hopes I don’t discover them.
Luckily for him, this time round, these 2 seem to have passed the nest-building exam. Their first nest was badly built but instead of pushing through, they built another one next to it. So it looked a little like semi-D nests. Too cute 🙂 For the first time in a long time since we moved in, we had a pretty smooth nesting experience. And I’m happy to announce the arrival of …
As far as I can tell, there are 2 of them and mama bird comes round to feed/check on them every 15 minutes. Here’s a close-up of one of the babies.
Everyone altogether now, say "Awww …"