Joy is not the absense of trouble but the presence of Christ. William Vander Hoven

Sunday, May 23, 2010

So Ugly They're Cute

We have a long front porch with columns and above the column right outside our office we have been watching an Eastern Phoebe Flycatcher build a nest, lay eggs and then her and the Daddy have diligently been sitting on the eggs and now we get to watch these little guys grow up. It is awesome. We are much lower than this, we can only see the two big mouth babies in the front from our vantage point, but Mike got up there to get some pictures :)

It appears there are 4 little babies. They can have up to 5 at once, and will often reuse their nest for years to come and can have babies up to 4 times a year---so I am hoping we will have many more to watch...

We watch both parents bring them food all day long. They are very devoted parents. One perches on the side of the nest at night. Clara impressed me with her skills of observation---she was looking from the window and asked me if they use spider webs in their nest and YES they do----they eat insects and will eat the spider and use the web for their nest---it helps to hold everything together.

There is one of those big mouths we see from the window :)

They leave the nest in 15-17 days and I suspect we have about a week or so left. We will have to be sure to not let Fluffy out during their flying lessons!!

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"Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ." William Vander Hoven
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