In our front yard we have a GIANT paper birch tree. We are unsure if we are going to have to have it removed as one of the two main trunks on the tree seems to have some kind of ailment. At some point in time the POs cut down a third trunk that was part of the tree and nailed a small birdhouse to the top of it. It appeared that they did this right before they sold the house as the birdhouse was brand-new.
Since the birdhouse is fairly low to the ground I really doubted that we would actually see any residents move it and was planning on removing the birdhouse and try to find a more suitable way to camouflage the remaining stump.
I don't really know what possessed me to open up the birdhouse last weekend, but when I did I almost wet my pants when a tiny bird flew out and almost hit me in the face! Even more astonishing was the fact that in addition to a small bird and nest...there were 4 very little eggs inside. I have no idea what kind of bird this was as I have never seen it come or go. And having it nearly attack me when I discovered it, I didn't exactly have enough time to stop and take a good look at it.
Anyway, today we were out doing a bit of yard work and Whohead noticed the birdhouse. I figured I would make a bit of noise and see if the bird was inside and if not I would let Who see the eggs. To my surprise there were no eggs. Instead we found 4 very tiny(about the size of my little finger), very hungry little birds! I had intended to take a photo of the eggs so I already had my camera and instead was able to capture the babies.
Whohead was absolutely fascinated. She spent the next half an hour trying to get me to show them to her again. Trying to convince a 2-year-old that the birdies need a nap and have to be left alone is not the easiest thing in the world. So right before we went inside for her nap I sat down and explained to her that she could see them one last time before she went inside. Unbeknownst to me...Momma bird had returned and I forgot to make some noise to warn her we were coming. When we opened the birdhouse...this time she scared the Who! Well...at least now she's a bit less enthusiastic about seeing the little ones.
How cool! We have two swallow nests on the little porch at my work and they are full of chicks now too. These are the same type of swallows that Retrun to Capistrano every year. They migrate up from Mexico to lay eggs and raise the young, then fly back. These type of Swallows, for some reason, make thier mud and twig nests almost always on man-made objects.