About a month ago, I noticed some leafy, stringy brown things on our porch between the porch light and our house. I thought that it looked like it could be the beginnings of a birds nest, but wasn't sure. I've never seen one so early in the development stage. As a bit of time went on, it became more clear that it was indeed a birds nest. I thought to myself, "how cool! A bird is going to have her little nest right here on the grounds of our little nest!" I was so excited about it that I put a picture of it on Facebook and Instagram.....
Which did not go over so well :) A few people agreed with me that it was very quaint- but I received a few comments giving me warnings. Now - these were fair warnings, and they were only given out of care and concern, I know. Two people commented that their houses actually caught on fire from this exact situation. One remarked that we should be careful that the bird doesn't divebomb us when we come out of the door, in an effort to protect her babies. Very valid concerns - especially the house fire - we do NOT want that!
Feeling a little defeated, I thought about it and figured that we had better relocate the nest before she got too comfortable there. But I just didn't want to for some reason. So I thought, "what if we just don't use the porch light while the nest is there?" I love having the porch light on at night - but I'd be willing to not use it for a period of time if it meant the bird could stay. I discussed it with Bruno, and he agreed. He even took out the light bulb from the light fixture to ensure that we don't accidentally turn it on.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and our bird (a robin), "Bella", is very cozy in her beautiful little nest that she built. And beautiful it is! I have never looked very closely at a birds nest, I suppose - so now that I really get to see it close-up, I appreciate just how beautiful and amazing it is. It has mud-like supports built in on the sides, and the pieces of leaves/tree/whatever it is are so intricately woven together.
What could be more amazing than Bella's beautiful nest? Well, a few days ago while she was out and about, Bruno held my phone up to see if he could get a picture of the inside of the nest (since we can't see the inside from our point of view of standing on the porch) so that we could see if she had eggs.....which she DID! Four beautiful, blue eggs.
The most remarkable thing about all of this is Bella - the mama. She is so dedicated to the well-being of her babies. She spends her days and nights sitting on her babies, keeping them warm until they are ready to come out. She gets out occasionally, but for the most part, she is there - growing her babies.
The whole thing really brings home the point to me that it is so naturally ingrained in animals to protect their babies and young. Bella is such a dutiful mother-to-be...spending all of her hours camped out in this nest. I know that this is not an anomaly. This is how most animals are. This is how we are as humans. It is our nature as mothers to want to do anything and everything possible to protect our little ones. It is no wonder that when we are unable to protect our babies, it rips us apart.
I'm so thankful for Bella the bird - that she chose our little porch to nest on - that she has shown me just how amazing nature is. I have no idea how long it takes for little birds to hatch - but we are anxiously awaiting it. I hope that they all make it and that there are no mishaps along the way. I will definitely share a picture once they are here!
Marco - if only you could see Bella! Or maybe you do see her and sent her to us as a little spring gift.
Oh Libby, this is such a beautiful post. Those eggs are so pretty and I love that you get to watch this mama bird tend her babies even before they're born.
I'm with you in that Marco sent her to you, just a little bit of beauty to brighten your spring.
So much love coming your way,
Such beautiful pictures Libby! And I just love your post!!! This really touched me. I have not ever seen a nest so close either. Its truly amazing how it looks. Nature is so amazing. I hope to that all of those little Belles will be perfectly healthy. Looking forward to seeing when they all hatch!! (((HUGS))) Naul's mom
I love this post. The nest is so pretty and it was sweet of you to decide not to use the light.
Thank you so much. I hope you post pictures of the babies when they hatch.
I love this!
How perfect with Mother's Day approaching!! A lil' special gift from Marco. :)
Love this! Thank you for sharing! I have never seen a blue egg before. Marco sure knows how to pick out gifts for his momma!
beautiful post, Libby. There is so much love in your heart. I'm happy to call you a friend.
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