With the arrival of spring, comes the never ending flurry of activity of our feathered friends. It is a busy time of year as they return from the sunny south, seeking out residence once again in our more northern parts.
There is a constant chatter as they gather, feed & protect their babies.
I’m not sure if it’s the mothers or the babies, but the tweeting starts in the wee hours of the morning, often waking me at 4am as I listen to them outside my window. It’s an arduous job being a parent to such little creatures, rising before dawn & putting in a very long day.
One of the most peculiar things I find about this species, is the random spots they seem to chose to take up residence & raise their babies. It seems that once their prime piece of real estate is chosen, they take a “shove over, I’m moving in” kind of philosophy!
Have you ever attempted to discourage a bird from building a nest? Regardless of how many times you might gently try to deconstruct their work, urging them to build in a safer neighbourbood, they are persistent to say the least!
Take this robin who decided to build a nest for her babies in the wreath on my friend’s front door. Despite their attempts to dissuade her, Mama was relentless in her construction. Eventually my friend gave up, removing the wreath from their door, carefully placing it in a quieter area of their front porch so that Mama could go about her business. Talk about a birds eye view!
Or how about this mother dove who took up residence in the forsythia bush outside my daughter’s front entrance. She sure foiled their plans of pruning this shrub, thinking it looked like just the right spot to snuggle in with her newborns. She had little fear of sharing the space with her human friends. I think she must of known she was in good company.
This mom takes the cake, as she decided the plant section at the local Canadian Tire was the perfect place to raise her babies. She may have been on to something, as I suspect her babies stood a better chance than many, of being protected until they could find their wings & fly.
I love that in each of these circumstances, regardless of the intrusion, nature won over the hearts of the humans. A gentle reminder that life is precious & we must care for one another, even if it is the tiniest of beings.
Have you ever shared your living space with a bird?
Wishing you a happy weekend!