Heather Pitts's Blog

Empty Nest.
June 17, 2010, 10:56 am
Filed under: birds, photos

The baby Cowbird flew away last night.  Michael and I saw the mama bird trying to coax the baby out of the nest.  We watched as the bird got up to the top of the pot while the mama Carolina Wren bird (who is the same size as the baby) fed her adoptive kid.  She would fly away and sing to the little one.  There were actually two Carolina Wrens helping.  Maybe one was the papa?

We watched as the little bird jumped down from the pot onto the bench and hopped around trying to fly away.  I went outside to take a picture of the baby Cowbird before it flew away.  Then I went inside to cook dinner, and when I checked 30 minutes later the little one was gone.  We have really enjoyed seeing this play out on our back porch!


Bird Update.
June 16, 2010, 2:09 pm
Filed under: birds, photos

Well, I have some sad news.  There is only one bird left alive, and it is a Cowbird.  Cowbird mamas lay their eggs in other bird’s nests.  Our poor Carolina Wren mama bird is raising an impostor!

I spoke to a lady last weekend who warned me about the Cowbirds.  If I would have known earlier I could have removed the Cowbird from the nest and saved the 3 baby Carolina Wrens.  I guess I will know for the future now.

I know the baby Cowbird is innocent, but I just feel bad for the mama Wren.  She is working overtime to feed this huge Cowbird that can’t fly yet!  And it isn’t the cutest baby bird I have ever seen either.  Not the happy ending I was hoping for 😦

If you are interested you can read more about Cowbirds HERE.

The Family is Complete!
June 12, 2010, 10:52 am
Filed under: birds, photos

All of the baby birds have hatched.  The last one hatched on my birthday (June 10th)!

The oldest one, born a couple of days before the others, is already opening its eyes and growing feathers.

Addition to the Family
June 9, 2010, 4:17 pm
Filed under: birds, photos

Another egg hatched today!  And I got a picture of mama bird watching over the nest.

Mama Bird
June 8, 2010, 3:59 pm
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Well, no new eggs have hatched today.  I did get this picture of the mama bird.  I think she is a Carolina Wren. (click on the picture to enlarge)

Baby Birds
June 7, 2010, 5:07 pm
Filed under: birds, photos

We have some new neighbors.  A mama bird had built a nest a few weeks ago on our back porch on top of one of our outdoor speakers.  On Friday, Michael and I noticed that the nest looked like it was about to fall off the speaker, plus we hadn’t seen the mama bird since she built the nest.  Michael took the nest down and we found four eggs in there.  Not wanting to disturb the little eggs, or piss off the mom, we decided to put the nest in a big pot and sit it on the bench that is covered so it would still be protected by the rain.  I even set out a few Cheerios as a peace offering.  We saw the mama bird sitting in the nest the next day, so we were really excited that she wasn’t mad enough to abandon her eggs.  And this morning, a baby bird had hatched!  I snuck a couple of photos while the mama was out getting food.  It is so ugly that it is cute!  I’ll keep you posted on the progress…