Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NURSERY RHYMES

Well dear people...the Mistress's boudoir has now officially become a nursery. I mentioned about a week ago when I got back from vacation and opened the drapes a Robin had set up house on the window sill, and she had laid three eggs. All last week I checked on Roberta the  Robin and her eggs everyday. She did a great job of sitting on her nest and keeping the eggs safe and warm.  Sure enough on Saturday, before we left for the wedding one baby had hatched!!!!

Sunday morning baby bird #2 hatched!

By lunch #3 hatched! Triplets!
Roberta the Robin has made endless trips out in the yard and then brought back worms for her little babies.  They didn’t even have their eyes open yet, but they knew when their mom came near and they would wake up and open their mouths in anticipation.

We will checked back in again. Meanwhile the geese Oliver and Olivia and troop have vacated. No sign since last posting. But Saturday night, late,  like 2:30AM, I was outside enjoying a stiffener and the night, a benefit of being a nocturnal creature, and heard a rustling in the ivy bed. Out from under a weeping Japanese maple came 3 toddler fox!!!! They were all playing and hunting for mice I'm guessing,  in the ivy. They all saw me sitting and were only about a foot from me, and didn't seem to mind me. Boy are they ever beautiful. I'm assuming they are sticking together either because their on their own, or mother was out hunting.  On Sunday, I did however get a picture at the woods end of one of them. This might be the mother. I will say, they were entertaining to watch that night. I've seen them every night since.

30 comments:

  1. Awwww! Baby birds are so ugly that they're cute! I don't think I want to know what a stiffener is or how you enjoy it, I just hope it didn't traumatize the fox kiddies. I'm kind of jealous. I have to go camping to enjoy this kind of nature, well except for that wild tom turkey and his ever growing harem that likes to poop in my yard just so Cujo can have a snack.
    You take good pictures, Maddie.

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    1. Get your mind out of the gutter girl!

      A stiffener is a libation....a gin and tonic in my case. I also have a lot of deer, but haven't seen any lately.

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    2. Gutter? Me? Never! You are right though, Mistress. No naughty talk in the nursery.

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  2. maddie is now a godmother to birdies and foxes!

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  3. Amazing! They are absolutely precious. I don't think I've ever seen baby birds up that close before.

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  4. Congrats on the baby robins and foxes! xoxoxoxoxo

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  5. How sweet. It is always so interesting and so much fun to watch them grow...and they grown fast. The foxes must have been a very cool moment.

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  6. That fox is gorgeous!!!! I too love them. Great birdie pictures, how exciting. Are they noisy yet?

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  7. How adorable! And how fun it must be to watch them. I love the three shots you have of the babies.

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  8. With the hairy feathers sticking up, the giant mouths and all the bright colors, did anyone else think that tiny little drag queens just hatched? I think I see why they are attached to Maddie!

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    1. Wow, you're so right Steven! They do look like refugees from Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Such sweet little chickies.

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    2. Will you two keep you voices down. If our Dick-tator in chief hears there is drag queens, gays or refugee birds here.... he'll have us all deported.

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    3. The birdies are brown, but as long as they're not chirping in Spanish they may be safe. Everybody else needs to watch out though!

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  9. Awww, you got some great shots! I feel so happy after seeing this post. :)

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  10. Unbelievable! I am rarely lucky to get birds of any kind. You caught some great moments! Should we call you Governess Borghese now?

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  11. What a beautiful show of some adorable bird starting life. Curious, do you keep the drapes open or keep them closed?

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    1. I have been opening the drapes in the morning, but with the mother going so much for food, I don't fear opening and closing them now. The only time she is in the nest for long periods in at night of course. Around 830, she settle over them.

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  12. So cute. It's a shame fox couldn't be pets. They really are gorgeous creatures. Your lucky to enjoy these moments.

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  13. What FANTASTIC photos!!! The bird nest pics are priceless and that fox is beautiful.

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  14. Thank you for sharing these amazing fotos! The bird chicks are so intriguing and entertaining. And the fox is just so mysterious and alluring. You live in a magical neighborhood. And you are the glamorous Enchantress.

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    1. A wildlife Enchantress.....I like the sound of that.

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  15. "... a weekend in the country. Smelling Jasmine. Watching little things grow." I would never leave the house with those baby birds at the window.

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  16. How wonderful to have a bird's eye view, so to speak, of the robin's nest and babies!

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    1. I still fear in storms, the nest may fall from the sill, so I hope, like always, the babies will grow fast.

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  17. I wish I had wildlife like that. Where I live, I get trailer park residents and other riff raff.

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    1. Well thanks heavens you haven't gotten any more urchins above you!

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  18. They're all nice to look at, but just make you sure you don't introduce the foxes to the birds.

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  19. That is a fantastic fox photo! And such a good looking subject. Unlike those hideous, but strangely endearing Robin chicks.

    I thought of you today (and Oliver and Olivia) as a pair of Mute Swans and their seven cygnets floated down the river that I cross on my way to work. I got some photos, so I'll put them up later, or tomorrow.

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    1. I look forward to it. The only swans I see around here are over in Chestnut Hill at the Morris Arboretum. I look forward to your post handsome.

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