June 15, 2009

It Feels Like Home

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:44 pm by sillydreamer

We’ve now been in the new house 6 months and it feels like we are all settled in.  Sometimes it feels like we’ve been here forever, which is a good thing.  However, there are a few things about the old house that I miss very much.  One of them, probably the main one, is that every spring and summer for the last few years, I would have doves come and build their nests underneath our patio awning.  I know I probably drove my family crazy climbing up on the kitchen sink and snapping pictures every day of the mama and her family.  dovefamily That mama (or I guess it could have been the daddy) would sit up there for weeks without leaving.  Once the little babies had hatched, I knew I had about 3 weeks and they would fly away.  One time I actually got to watch the babies fly away from the nest!  This should tell you just how much time I spent watching to be able to catch that moment!   doves 

Because this is a newer subdivision we don’t have big trees and we don’t have a covered patio either so I have no birds to watch.  Poor me!  However this past week-end Danny noticed that there were birds flying in and out of one of our bushes so he went over to see what all the fuss was about.  nest 001 

Isn’t that cool?  I am so thrilled to know that there is a new birdie family staying at my house, even if I can’t watch them!


August 28, 2008

Fly away little birdies

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:20 pm by sillydreamer

I miss these little guys!  Way back in the spring, we had a mama dove build a nest up on the header beam of our patio and it’s been used  three different times to raise little birdy families.  I’ve been such an absolute nut about it…..these are just two of the countless photos I’ve taken of them.  The mama (or I guess it could be the daddy) sits in the nest for about three weeks solid.  I don’t really know how long it takes for the eggs to hatch but I know it’s almost a month before we get to see the babies.  Once we see them though, it’s about a week or so and then they are gone.  Aren’t they cute?  I would climb up on the counter and snap pictures through my kitchen window so I wouldn’t disturb them.  The family before this one I actually got to see the babies after they left the nest.  I wish I had gotten to see them actually fly away for the first time but I didn’t.  When I did see them, they were hanging around on the swingset.  I was amazed at how big they were!  I was determined to see these little guys make their first flight but that didn’t happen either.  I had been out running errands and when I got home and checked on them, the nest was empty.  I was so disappointed!! 

About a week before these little guys flew away, I noticed this ritual they did with their Mom every day.  All three of them would put their beaks together and sway in a circle.  It was the oddest thing I’ve ever seen!  They did this several times a day.  And yes, I spent lots and lots of time just watching these guys which I know makes me sound pathetic but I couldn’t help myself.  My family was beginning to get a little worried I think.  I wonder if all mama birds do this with their babies or if it was just this one and if it has any meaning?

I miss this little birdy family.  I looked forward to getting up and seeing them every morning.  I’ve had several doves sit up in that nest in the last few weeks but so far none of them have stayed.  I was hoping to get one more little family up there before fall but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  Maybe next spring 🙂