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Kritique Kritics: Bird Nesting Season!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bird Nesting Season!

It's a myth that a "mommy bird" won't come back to her nest if a human touches the nest, eggs, or baby birds, according to Pacific Wildlife Care of San Luis County. They also said that eggs usually hatch in two weeks and that baby birds are in the nest for another two-three weeks.

This is great information to know since my husband found a nest in our horse trailer last week. The nest is resting on a light above the tack room door. The nest had two eggs on Friday, four on Sunday and five today.

Our trailer wasn't the only prized nesting location. The trailer just South of ours had a nest resting on the light next to the back door hinges and that nest has four baby birds. On Sunday, Lynaia, the owner of the other trailer wanted to take her horse to the beach so we moved the nest in her trailer to ours temporarily. She moved it back when she returned from her ride. If we need to use our trailer in the next five weeks, Lynaia has agreed to babysit our nest. That sure beats waiting five weeks to take our horse out.

Debra Davis Hinkle

p.s. Maybe our birds will grow up to dance like Snowball:



Blogger mousewords said...

We once had a bird nest in a vent of our camper. Not unusual, except we used the camper all the time to transport our large family to different gatherings.

We discovered the bird's nest after arriving at the parking lot of White Sox Stadium! Everyone piled out of the van, then stopped when they heard the tiny "cheeps." poor baby birds, who knows what they thought after an hour of driving on Chicago highways!

Their frantic Mama bird was waiting for them when we got back home. The next day, my Dad built a birdhouse right next to the van, then moved the little family into it. The Mama seemed upset and skeptical about the new digs, but she was soon at home.

That family grew up and left--and through the next few years, the birdhouse sheltered many more little families. No more field trips to baseball games. :-)

May 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Laurie Woodward said...

That dancing bird is a crack-up. It made me want to get up and boogie.

May 13, 2008 at 6:05 PM  

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