Saturday, May 23, 2009
It Happens Every Spring
A little different post this time...
We have a dart board on our covered, but open back patio. Every spring, birds, like this gray dove, see the flat top and build a nest.
For several weeks, Grace and I watch as eggs are laid and the momma perches on top to keep them warm until they're hatched.
When we go out the back door, the bird may first fly away while building the nest. When they realize we are no harm, they eventually just sit there and watch what's going on.
Talk about dedication, too - the momma never leaves her eggs. And amazingly, after a couple of weeks, the eggs hatch and we watch as the babies get strong enough to fly away.
The daddy bird (I assume) helps out by bringing food to the momma while she's sitting and helps feed the babies later as well.
After the birds fly away so do the parents, but within days - minutes, it seems sometimes - another momma has found the nest left behind and it starts all over again.
We've had at least two families there already this year, but I think we're all done as the season winds down.
It's good to know that during this struggling housing market our home is going to the birds.