The orchard is young and won't be producing fruit until next year but, today, I found that there was production going on -- new life! Right in the middle of the cherry tree. Now, last winter, my sister and I spent considerable time replacing old bird houses -- that are still looking for tenants, I might mention -- all situated in a safe place above the pampas grass, and -- away from the neighbor's cat. But, oh, no, Mama Bird picks a cherry tree crotch about four feet off the ground and not protected, at all. Were I to give her any
long-term thinking ability, I could accuse her of staking a claim on an early spring crop, but I figure with this late brood, she wasn't the brightest chick on the wing and was pulling on ancestral memory patterns for house-hunting.
Wait! Is that another open beak behind the 'star' hogging the photo op? I think there is... yes,yes, there is! I can see an eyeball just under the camera hog's chin.
Hey! Is someone taking pictures? Why didn't you tell me. I want to be in there, too!Aren't they adorable! Mama Bird had just dropped off a worm and flew off when she saw me. But, even though I wanted some pictures, I made sure that I didn't get in too close to make her feel her babies may be threatened.
Fine. I can take a hint... I'm outta here like yesterday's news. I think I've found another use for my chicken wire. A nice circle around the trunk should make it much more difficult for feline hunters. So, I'm off to get my chicken wire and keep an eye out for the neighbor's cats!Ready for a tasty worm! Shouldn't Mama Bird be back? Go away, Lady -- we're hungry and she won't come around if you're standing around -- go!
P.S. I was worried for nothing... went to put up the chicken wire fencing and the nest is -- empty! 8-( Must have caught them in there on their very last day... phew! Hope I didn't scare them off... do birds move their nests? Need to check that out...