Saturday, May 2, 2009
happy saturday everyone! it is sunny and nice although a bit cool here in ohio today. while working in the art room this morning i noticed a robin flying past the window into the front door alcove of our house. hmmmm, i thought, what is she up to? so i crept toward the front door and while peeking out the vertical side windows i could see her tail feathers sticking up out of my front door wreath. further investigation and major stealth revealed that she is indeed nesting in my lovely spring bird nest themed wreath.
and, she is caring for these cute little birdies. i'm not sure if there are 2 or 3 but they are quite small. unlike her nest, which is quite large and tilting at a precarious angle on the front of the wreath. when she sits in the nest, i wonder how she is able to stay in. which or orse makes me worry that the little ones will not be as lucky as they grow.
the nest is like 5" deep with several layers including one that looks to be made of mud. i wonder how she was able to anchor the weight of it to the wreath. i do understand her attraction to the area. the alcove sits back under a roof, is protected from the wind and also gets a good deal of sun late in the day. the only time we use the front door is when we have pizza delivered or fed ex arrives. mama robin is happily secluded and nurturing her young.
her are mama and papa duck in our back yard. i snapped this photo after noticing that they were splashing in a puddle in the back flower garden. i guess it is the closest thing to a pond in our yard. we do have a large neighborhood pond across the road where papa idles away his time while mama sits on the nest. he arrives every morning bright and early to escort mama over to the pond and he does the same in the evening.
other than these twice daily breaks, mama spends her day and night minding the family brood in this nest under our asiatic day lillies in the front flower bed. she looks quite calm in this photo but believe me she was puffing herself up and making hissing noises by the time i was able to focus and snap the photo.
that's it for today from the king aviary sanctuary. i'm working on some new art pieces i hope to share soon.
Posted by julie king at 3:36 PM